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Hoppy Easter

I hope everyone’s Easter was filled with yummy food and delicious deserts !

For my outfit I thought I’d make it colourful and up beat 🙂

I paired my favourite jeans with a cropped flair. These were light washed so they were easier to match with a colourful top. I wore my cropped knit long sleeved sweater with lots of colour to add dimension to the look. I decided to wear my black lace up dock martins to add a little bit of edge. Just for fun … I wore a fur captains hat and I was so happy I did ! I absolutely loved the way this ended up looking 🙂 … and of course my cat was the accessory

 

Orange is the new black…?

This bold orange dress turned heads downtown Saturday night. Although black is the perfect go to colour (which I am guilty for too) we need to change it up a bit! I lovewearingthis sharp orange tight dress. Its cut was very flattering and comfortable and the classy knee length helped curve me in all the right ways. The low bun was a preference for this look by myself. I wanted to keep my hair out of the way adding a classy look with thick gold hoops. This brought the attention to the dress and allowed my makeup and  jewelry to make it stand out. There was not much that was put into this look, for the dress did it itself. The gold details in the shoes and earrings made this bright orange look one of my favourites.

Flower power!

This bright floral dress grabbed my attention for this warm trip! The extensive colour combinations worked perfectly. Of course in the weather I was in i did not need a jacket, but of course in cooler climates a jean jacket would work perfectly. The sandals I wore were simple and not too “strappy”. This is because the main focus of this look was the dress, and adding any other focus would be too overwhelming. The black lace outlined the dress in the perfect classy way. The colours added into these flowers had such beautiful detail and made me fall in love with this dress. The simple bun was meant to take away distraction from the dress. Having hair over this pattern would be too much. This look got many compliments and was also just fun to wear because it was different from the “raincouver” attire! Cant wait for summer….. muahhh

Beginning to look like Spring!

Hello everyone!

I have been so grateful for the weather vancouver has been blessing us with lately. I decided to take advantage and throw this outfit together. I was in the mood for a graphic-T, and what better than a cat themes one? I matched this with a lighter pair of denim jeans to keep the look bright! I then paired a lighter pair of sneakers to keep this a casual look. My hair was messy and tide up which added life to this outfit. I decided to throw on a backpack with this outfit because it kept the look fun as well. It s super simple but super comfy! I look forward to my next look I have for you guys! Enjoy the sun, hopefully shorts are just around the corner 🙂

The In Between

What do you do when you can’t decide between going bold and going soft? Somedays I sit down in front of my makeup collection and I am unsure of exactly what I want. I’m not looking to go with a subtle look, but I also don’t really want to be totally in your face. I want to be the in between. I want to find the delicate balance between calm and loud. Now maybe at first glance you can’t see the balance to which I am referring. A dark blue lip after all, is a pretty loud statement. But when pairing it with a slightly warmer toned eye and face makeup which isn’t overly dramatic, it is not quite the slap in the face some of my looks can create.

I’ve always been instructed not to pair warm and cool toned makeup together in the same look. Believe me, I understand why. They aren’t designed to marry together smoothly. Typically the tones grate on one another and create a harsh look which is not quite right when you look at it. But if you do it just right, sometimes it can work out quite elegantly. The warmer tones in the look are cooled by the cool tones and vice versa.

Take this look for example. The eye look is made up of oranges and golds from my Anastasiia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. The overall effect is rather sunset like in nature. I intentionally did not go overboard with the pigmentation though, not wanting to overweight the warmth of the look. The face was done with the more neutral colors in my collection. Yes, my contour was still a dark shadow meant to create definition on my face. But I kept the shade as neutral as possible instead of choosing a warmer or cooler one. The same goes for my choice of bronzer. Bronzer by nature will always run warmer because, as the name implies, the whole point is to bronze up the look like a tan. But there is still a wide variety of shade options in the realm of bronzers. I found one which wouldn’t be overly warm in nature and went with that. The same process held true for my highlight as well.

The lip is what took this look from subtle to an in between. It is a cool toned shade and it’s quite aggressive upon first glance. But when pairing it with a look like this, it falls into place shockingly well. The tone warms up a little, and it elevates the look out of a purely subtle realm. It also adds an element of surprise to the look. I never like to do the same thing twice. I enjoy surprising people, both with who I am and with my makeup. This is an expression of complexity, of experimentation, of challenging the norms. Not every challenge has to be aggressive. Some rules you can break by pairing together tones which aren’t supposed to work together. I like to challenge people and the norms they ascribe to me. This look is just another way of doing so.

How do you challenge the norms people place on you? Leave a comment below!

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

 

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Comfy Cozy


I was in desperate need for comfort this day.

I grabbed my go to cropped v-neck sweater in the colour grey. This sweater is not itchy and only soft and warm. I then grabbed my black I.AM.GIA chain paints to pair with the sweater. Since both are pretty big pieces of clothing I pulled the shoulder down to show some skin to add a little shape to it all.

My belt bag in green added more colour to this look. It definitely is more of a trendy look with little colour so this bag helped it pop. Any bag wanted to pair with this outfit will work. In fact, it is very important to add a unique bag. When an outfit can be seen as simple a bag and shoes will make it more unique. The shows I paired were a white tennis show.

This look was meant to be comfy and trendy, my favourite combination.

A Single Girls Valentine’s Day

Generally, I’m not a massive fan of Valentine’s day, but this year I decided to do things a little differently.
In years past I’ve spent my single Valentine’s days lonely and envious of those with people to spend the day with. I also went through a phase of referring to the pseudo -holiday as a “capitalist driven scam meant to trick people into spending money on fake evidence of their ‘love'”. I went through a cynical phase, can you tell?
Lately though, I’ve started to see that Valentine’s day is, in fact a day of celebrating love. whether its celebrating the love in a relationship, or celebrating self love. 

The Look:

Even though I’m spending this Valentine’s day in my pjs watching rom-coms, I decided to do a pretty-in-pink look to celebrate the holiday!
For my base, my face, my eyebrows, and my mascara,  I used pretty much all the same products as in my Casual Christmas Look.
Except the highlighter, In this look I used the 
PHYSICIANS FORMULA Butter Highlighter  in Pearl and I am 100% obsessed with it.

My Eyes-
To achieve this pretty pink look I used the 
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette
I started by fluffing Buon Fresco into my crease with a fluffy brush, followed by a slight dusting of Love Letter  lower in the crease and slightly onto my lid. I took a second to blend those two together, and then I placed Venetian Red on my outer corner with a tapered brush. I blended this slightly into the outer part of the crease, but I kept it mostly focused on the outer corner of the eye. After getting all of my mattes placed, I used the URBAN DECAY Al Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray to foil Vermeer , and I placed that on the inner two thirds of my lid, blending the edges slightly. To finish off the look, I used a thin angled brush to create a winged eyeliner effect with Cyprus Umber.  

My Lips-
On my lips I’m wearing the 
HUDA BEAUTY Liquid Matte Lipstick in Crush
I love this formula and I absolutely love this colour, Its a good everyday colour. If I were to do this look again though, I’d use a lip colour thats a little less peachy, and a little more pink.

If you want to see me doing this look, check out my video on Instagram! @jordananne76

Some Tips For Loving Yourself This Valentine’s Day:

When you’re single, Valentine’s day can be a day filled with sadness and jealousy, when it should be a day filled with celebrating self love. So here are a few tips for how you can show yourself a little self love this Valentine’s day.

Take Yourself Out-
If you don’t want to spend this Valentine’s day on your couch, then don’t be afraid to ask yourself on a date!Personally, I love going to movies alone, and I love sitting on a coffee shop patio drinking a SOLO espresso. So I can throughly recommend putting on your favourite outfit,  taking yourself out to your favourite place, and savouring the simplicity, and the silence, of doing something you love, alone. There is no one else to contend with,  and nobody else to wait for, everything is on your time line. Doing things alone also provides much needed time with yourself to nurture the most important relationship in your life.

Treat Yourself To a Little Luxury –
I don’t always make time for the more luxurious things in life, but when you’re nurturing self love, treating yourself is especially important. whether its doing your nails, or getting your hair done, a little luxury can go a long way. A couple specific luxurious things I can recommend for this valentines day are actually things I’ve already mentioned in a couple of my Self Care Sunday posts. Have a bath, or do a face mask. Around Valentine’s day, LUSH comes out with a Unicorn Horn bubble bar and I love nothing more than sliding into a steaming hot bubble bath surrounded by this sparkling scent. I also love getting out of the bath glittery and smelling good. The face mask I’d recommend for this day of luxury are really any of the LUSH Jelly Face Masks specifically, FOMO or Bunny Moon. I love these masks for a little more luxury, because they’re thick and creamy, and I love that I have to mush them up in my hands before I can put them on my face. I also notice immediate results every time I use these masks, and that always makes me feel good.
Luxury is anything that makes you feel luxurious, so really just do something you love, that makes you feel good.

And finally,
Spend Sometime Loving Yourself-
I know a lot of this has been about self love and loving yourself through actions, but today, there should be time for some mindful self love. Look in the mirror and pick out every single thing you love about yourself, or focus on all the things you love while you meditate, whatever being mindful means to you really. No matter what you do, it is important to make time to be mindful in your self love, because it really forces you to sit with it, feel it, and internalize it. 

Even If you’re alone this valentines day, take some time to love yourself. Because In the words of my hero RuPaul,
“If you can’t love yourself how the hell you gonna love somebody else”
Amen to that. 

 

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A First Impression Is A Chance For A Challenge

Bold orange lookIf you want to get someones attention, slap some intense color on there and you’re bound to succeed. One way or another, you’ll be noticed. Oranges are some of my favorite shades to work with because my eye color always pops when I throw orange on my lid. Most people want to make a good first impression no matter the situation. I’ve realized that is not my goal. Like I’ve said before, I challenge people. I utilize all methods at my disposal to test people and see if they have what it takes to stick with me in the long run. I guess makeup is part of that for me now. Going bold with my makeup on a first impression challenges many people. It’s like wearing armor. Are you the sort of person who will see through it? Or will you make assumptions about me?

To create a look like this I have to have a full coverage foundation to start with. For a bold look to come across correctly the intensity has to be consistent across the board. I’ve never felt good about bold eye looks when wearing a light coverage foundation because the rest of the look won’t have the same intensity. Contour won’t be as strong, highlight is more dull, and there is a lack of cohesiveness to the face. So, to create the perfect base for this bold look, I employ my best primer, full coverage, and translucent powder. Then, as per usual, I have to do up my brows with my tinted brow gel. I’m considering making the switch to a brow pencil here soon just to play with shape and fullness, but as of now I’m sticking with my gel.

Now, for some color. Eyes are the best way to get a bold flair introduced to your look. For this look, I grabbed my modern renaissance paletteBold orange look looking down to play with. To be honest I didn’t entirely have a plan this go around. But I knew I wanted to use the orange. It was just calling to me. So I started with some dark brown up through my crease and my outer corner to create some definition. I took the brown shade in pretty far to give myself some room for experimentation then grabbed the orange with a flat shader brush. I took the orange over almost all of my lid, leaving only the inner quarter of my eye exposed. I also packed on more then one layer of orange to ensure the color payoff was intense. Then I decided to try a new technique which I know everyone else has been using: the foil.

I snagged some of my friends setting spray, which I typically do not use, and sprayed a detailing brush with it lightly. Then I picked up a shimmery gold shade and took it into my inner corner and up through the inner quarter of my eye. It definitely was effective in increasing the intensity of the color payoff with the shimmer. Something felt like it was missing though. There just wasn’t enough dimension to make me happy. So I took some black from another palette into my outer V and that tied it together. All that was left was highlighting the brow bone.

I go through my typical face routine. A nice, classy contour paired with bronzer, blush, and a matte highlight. The final touch of the look is the lips. The most important part of making the lips last is using my lip primer. When using a liquid lip in winter, you have to keep your lips moisturized under a liquid formula. So I use my primer then throw on my tarte liquid lip.

And that’s how I put together this bold look! How do you make a first impression? Comment below!

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

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Get Ready With Me: An Everyday Makeup Look

 

Everyone needs an easy, throw it on makeup look in their arsenal for everyday wear. While I don’t typically wear the same look on a day to day basis, I definitely have learned how to throw on a quicker face of makeup for the days I’m running late, or I’m too tired to come up with a full face look. It’s designed for faster application and runs on the more natural side. Well, except for my eyeliner. That will probably never be all-natural looking but hey, we all need a trademark, no? Waterline- a black waterline is mine without a doubt. My face looks weird at this point without black goo smeared along my bottom eyelid. Anyway, above is a time lapse of my ‘everyday’ makeup routine. Let’s be real though when I say ‘everyday’ I mean my lazy face. Still gotta love it though!

Below is the finished look. Not the most perfect look I’ve ever presented you with but it’s not meant to be.Lazy day makeup I’ve made a few key changes to speed up the process which make a noticeable impact on the quality of the finished look. Frankly I’m quite content with the look like a garbage human somedays so I may not be setting the highest bar for myself there. But as far as ‘throw it on in fifteen minutes then run for the bus stop’ looks go this is pretty on point.

Important changes are made to ensure this look can be accomplished in the most efficient manner possible. First, and probably most important, I switch out my Foundation for a BB Cream. BB Cream is lighter, and often quicker to apply. Mine goes on easily with my hands (and better to be honest). When using a brush I find I waste more product with the BB Cream formulas. This saves me a minimum of five minutes. Foundation is a lot of work, and while it’s worth it when you’re after a flawless finish it’s not always right for this look.

Another notable change to my typical routine is abandoning my winged liner. This can save me anywhere from two to seven minutes depending on what kind of day I’m having. Wings take measuring and precision and often times, correction. One does not have time for such foolishness when late for school. I also tend to go simplistic on the eyeshadow. A light eye contour just for some definition and we’re set. Trust me, this is quite a sacrifice in my book. I love eyeshadow. Finally, if I’m really, really in a hurry, I’ll leave out my lip primer. But that is a big sacrifice for me because of my dry skin and not wanting to constantly reapply. But hey, sometimes I guess being on time is important too. Or so I’m told.

Anyway, that’s really all there is to it! My quick and easy, everyday makeup look. What are your time saving tips? Comment below!

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

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Pretty In Pink

Pretty in pink makeup selfieSome days, I want to be soft. Instead of going bold and edgy, I want to go more subtle. Like I always say, when putting on a makeup look, it always makes a statement. Going soft is a much less frequent occurrence in my life. I don’t usually go for a look which projects the image of softness because what I’ve noticed is it makes me feel vulnerable. When applying this type of look, I typically find myself in a friendly mood. Subtle looks are more inviting. They don’t serve to challenge people. They’re easy and welcoming.

To take a look into the soft sphere there are a few immediate stylistic changes I make. For one, I steer away from intense, dark colors. Instead, I trend towards warmer colors like dusty pinks and soft browns. Nude lipsticks also decrease the level of drama. I also tend to veer away from dark, sharp contours. Some shadow and shape is still important to the face, but I don’t want the contour to overtake the look. The most noticeable change to my typical look is my eyeliner: instead of a thick sharp liner, I simply line my eye instead. These changes create a drastically different feel to my makeup look then what many people expect to see from me on a daily basis.

So much of what I do stays similar throughout the process, it’s just less. I contour my eyes and face with softer browns, I use less bronzer, less blush. I use less eyeliner, less bold colors, a less matte finish. The result is a warm, welcoming makeup look. This one in particular revolved around a soft pink eye look. Choosing the right type of pink was key to keeping this look soft. I could do everything else exactly the same, but with different shadow decisions, the look would send an entirely different message. Dusty rose is a wonderful shadow palette to work with. The soothing variety of pink is more welcoming as opposed to the abrasive nature of bright pinks. It also brings out the blue in my eyes, which I find to be quite fabulous. The edges are also more blended then usual to ensure a softer look. Shimmery shades can also have a softening effect. Not glitter mind you, however a soft shimmer is somewhat whimsical in feel and can add to a more kind appearance.

The look on my face tends to follow the same steps as usual, I just try to go for less and apply with a delicate touch. You can always layer more product on as needed but removing it is challenging. After still applying my foundation and powders and the works, contouring is the first step in creating a face with some dimension again. Remembering to go lighter is the key to keeping with the theme of the look. But it’s not always the shade which needs to be lightened, it’s just how you apply. Feathering it on creates a softer shadow which you can always deepen as needed. The same goes for bronzer. Over bronzing can ruin a look because it can draw too much attention. A very light blush can be applied to give some color to your cheeks as well. The final touch for the face is highlight. No soft look would be complete without highlight. Not wanting to stray from my ways, I still utilize my lovely matte highlighting shades. However, I tend to go for a brighter one to brighten the face. There is something angelic about the outcome which perfectly suits the look. And of course, no look would be complete without lipstick. A nice nude lip pulls it all together without overwhelming the face but still finalizes the face.

Sometimes it’s okay to be soft.

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

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New Years Eve Inspired Makeup Look

New Years Eve selfieNew Years Eve is the perfect way to say goodbye to the old and look forward to the new. And what better way to honor the year than with a great face of makeup? This year I made my eyes the focus: contoured, bold, and dark. A statement you could say. The face was kept matte and the lips neutral. But on the eyes, I did not hold back one bit.

I chose to stay true to my style as well. I prefer the slightly more edgy style of makeup. I like contour, I like sharp eyeliner, I thoroughly enjoy my darker color palettes. A pop of color here and dash of sparkle here to glitz this looks up for New Years and we were ready to go!

After going through my skin care routine a while before, I primed my skin with my moisturizing primer. Then I relaxed and let the primer settle so I could achieve a smoother application of my lovely foundation. After the appropriate period of waiting, I applied my foundation with my angled kabuki brush. Once my face had successfully been coated in foundation, I used a fluffy powder brush to apply my translucent powder. With my face set, it was time to add eye primer to my eyelids. Then, while the primer settled I brushed my tinted brow gel through my brows.

For the eye look, I took a domed detailing brush to apply black shadow in my outer v and up through my crease. After each layer of shadow I blended with a pointed blending brush. When working with a dark, messy shadow like black, it’s important to have a light touch. Building your shadow is infinitely simpler then trying to take it off. Once I had created a contoured shape and sharp outer edges with the black, I used a pointed blending brush to blend some dark brown shadow into the black shadow and the outer corner to transition the dark colors. For a pop of color, I again used the pointed blending brush to blend a thin layer of deep pink onto the center of my lid. Then, I took my shader brush to pack on a bright, shimmery shade to the inner third of the lid. I highlighted my brow bone and inner corner with a matte white shade.

With the shadow finally complete, I moved on to eyeliner. I used liquid liner to create a thick wing and thin line. But to give it something extra, I added some silver glitter eyeliner along my eyeline. To finish off the eyes I coated my lashes with mascara. With the eyes done, I finished my face with my typical contour, bronzer, blush, and highlight. As the finishing touch, I applied my lipstick. To keep the focus on my eyes as well as to create contrast in the look, I kept the lips very neutral. And New Years Eve was spectacular!

To shop the products of this look keep your eyes out for a post later this week! I hope you enjoyed this New Years Eve inspired look. What were your NYE looks like? Comment below!

Your Truly,

Meera C.

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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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Invincible.

Somedays you wake up feeling ready to take on the world. You feel invincible. On those days I go for dramatic color. I experiment with the rules surrounding which colors should and shouldn’t go together. Sometimes it goes awry, but other days it comes off well. This look reflects feeling like I can fight any dragon or climb any mountain. It is loud and proud. Unapologetically bold. The product of trusting my gut. I didn’t have to look to anyone else for the inspiration to create this look. No one had to tell me it was okay. I just took a brush to the colors and let myself create it.

I often look to other beauty bloggers or youtubers for inspiration when getting bored of my everyday looks. I rarely take the initiative to just do it myself because I’m afraid of what my face will look like at the end. However, over the last two years, I’ve learned so much about how to apply makeup well and what just really doesn’t work. Until recently I haven’t had the faith in myself to trust the combination of my creativity and skills. But this is a look I am exceptionally proud of.

Of course, as always there is room for improvement. Namely, I would have liked to deepen the outer v of the eyes a bit to create more depth. Additionally I would have liked to leave a bit more room for vermeer to shine on the inner third of the lid. And my lips could have been a bit more clean. But those small critics won’t stop me from posting this look with pride. I’ll do this look again someday and attempt these changes. I will royally mess up many a makeup look. I’m not perfect. But who cares?

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: Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer in Redness Correcting

Applied with my hands

Foundation: Estée Launder 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): Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette

-Warm Taupe in the Crease

Applied with Sephora Collection Pro Blending Brush #27

-Red Ochre in the Outer V

Applied with Zoeva 231 Luxe Petite Crease Brush

Blended with Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush

-Venetian Red across the Outer Third of the Lid

Applied with Zoeva 225 Luxe Eye Blender

-Love Letter across the Middle Third of the Lid

Applied with Zoeva 225 Luxe Eye Blender

Blended with Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush

-Vermeer across the Inner Third of the Lid

Applied with Zoeva 232 Luxe Classic Shader

-Tempera 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

Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in Black

Applied with Product Applicator

-The Face

Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit in Light/Medium

-Contour

Applied with Zoeva 127 Sheer Cheek Brush

-Bronzer

Applied with Sephora Collection Pro Contour Brush #79

-Highlight

Applied with Sigma F03 High Cheekbone Highlighter Brush

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

-Blush: Unleashed

Applied with Sigma F50 Duo Fibre Brush

-The Lips

Primer: Bite Beauty Line and Define Primer

Applied with Product Applicator

Lipstick: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Dagger

Applied with Product Applicator

 

A Bit About The Process

Before I apply any of these products to my face I always go through my morning skincare routine. Let’s be honest, makeup isn’t the best for your skin, so taking care of it before and after application is extremely important. I usually give my moisturizer at least 30 minutes to set into my skin before beginning makeup application because my foundation doesn’t sit as well if applied straight after moisturizer. Primer is an essential step to long lasting makeup looks and, as an added benefit, protects your skin from your foundation. Again, I tend to let my primer settle before slathering my foundation on. Next I use an angled brush to apply my foundation all over my face, also fading it down my neck. Then, using my giant, fluffy powder brush, I apply my loose translucent powder. I find my foundation does enough for coverage, so I don’t need any further pigmentation with my powder. It’s there to set the foundation, keep my makeup from getting shiny throughout the day, and create a powder base for applying my powder face products later down the line.

Next come the eyes and eyebrow portion. I do this step before completing the face because in my experience, it’s easy to correct any errors or wipe away fallout if it’s just the base, but can be much more challenging to rectify when blush, bronzer, highlight, and contour come into play. First I apply my eyeshadow primer, and top it with a touch of translucent powder to set, so it can set while I do my brows. My father gifted me with his bushy brows, so while I have to wax them every two weeks, they are quite easy to do. I just brush some colored brow gel through them like mascara and I’m done!

Then comes one of favorite bits: the eyeshadow. Eyeshadow is where I get to have the most fun with colors and experimentation. For this look I took warm taupe from the modern renaissance palette through my crease, accounting for the asymmetrical nature of my eyes of course. Then I applied red ochre to my outer v. Working shadows into my outer v took me a long time to learn, but if you start with a small amount of product and build it you will be much more successful with it. Also remember to use a light hand and to feather your strokes so it blends easier. Then I used a sigma brush to blend warm taupe and red ochre together a bit more seamlessly. Changing brushes, I then sweep venetian red across the outer third of my eyelid, and blended the shadows again. I repeat this process with love letter on the middle third. Using a shader brush, I pack vermeer into the inner third of my lid, adding some light to the look. To finish off the shadow, I highlight the brow bone and inner corner of my eye with tempera.

With the shadow complete, it’s time to apply liner. For my upper lid I almost exclusively use liquid liner because of the crisp application and appearance. With this look I also utilized the oh so magical winged liner. To perfect this look, I draw the wing on first. Following my lower lash line, I draw the bottom line outwards to my desired length. Then, I reverse the liner pen and draw on the upper line towards my eye. If all has gone smoothly I color in the wing and line the rest of the eye. It’s important to match the thickness of the line to the thickness of the wing and to make sure they are connected. This is the most successful method I have found for mastering the art of winged liner. Once my liquid liner eyeliner is done, I take my eyeliner pencil and line my waterline. Some people say you shouldn’t do this because it closes off your eye shape, but it looks great on me so I do it anyway. Last but not least, is mascara. I coat both my upper and lower lashes because nothing ties the eyes together quite like mascara.

Now onto the face! At this point I sort of resemble the moon as the foundation has wiped out all color from my face. First thing is first: contour. The world may be obsessed with highlight right now but I will never lose my love for contour. I use a slightly fluffy, angled brush to apply my contour because my contour tends to be pretty subtle in the daytime. I apply contour just under my cheekbones, to the outside edges of my forehead, and under my jaw. Next is bronzer. I am a fan of bronzer! I think it adds nice color to the face. I bronze my forehead, the outer half of my cheekbones, very lightly along my jawline, my chin, and to my nose. As with eyeshadow, a good rule of thumb is too apply a little and build it up so you don’t look like to you have a bad fake tan. Then comes highlight. I haven’t quite climbed abroad the ‘shiny unicorn’ highlight train yet, however I am a fan of a nice matte highlight. I think it can add more dimension to your features which is always fun. I tend to take my highlight shade across the top of my cheekbones around my temples, and a bit above my brows. To complete the face, it is time for blush. I use my sigma duo fibre brush to apply my blush because I’ve found the best method for applying blush to be stippling. Basically instead of brushing the product across your skin in a sweeping motion, you dab it on like you’re using a beauty blender. So I lightly swirl my brush in the blush then pay it onto my cheeks for a seamless finish.

Last but certainly not least, is the lips. Part of my skincare routine involves putting on lip balm which by now has entirely sunk in. So first I apply my lip primer all over my lips and let it set. Then comes the lipstick! I’m lucky because my lips have a nice full shape, so I don’t over line my lips. First I apply to my lower lip, following the lip line and coloring in the whole lip. When doing the upper lip, I start by drawing a small X from either side of my cupids bow, so I know how high to make both sides. Then I draw on either side of the lipstick and color in. If all has gone well I have two sides of my lips which match!

And thats how I created this look! 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.

march

It’s my birthday month!!

I feel like every time March rolls around, there’s just so much to do. From midterms to end of semester events plus having my birthday during this month, March just has a super packed schedule.

 

I finally got some time near the end of the month to go out and shoot for my blog. Having family time is really important to me, so my mom, sister, and I went out for brunch at Market by Jean-Georges.

As we enter into Spring, I’m using the little time we have to wear my leather booties as much as possible before the transition into lighter sandal-type shoes. Mock neck shirts are one of my favourites as it makes an outfit more put together with the higher neckline. If I’m unsure of what to wear, mock necks are my go-to. To keep it neutral (what’s new?), I wore all black to make the light grey coat stand out.

 

 

Top: BP. Black mock-neck long sleeve // Bottoms: Oak and Fort Pant 1014 // Boots: Jonak // Coat: Zara // Bag: Saint Laurent Baby Sac de Jour

château d’amboise, france

 

I had the chance to visit the Château d’Amboise in France, a historic monument located along the Loire river. Unfortunately the castle fell into decline after the 16th century and most of the interior were demolished, but have been restored to what it is today. Off to the side of the castle stands a gothic style chapel where Leonardo Da Vinci was buried.

What I Wore:

On this full day of walking and exploring multiple castles, I resorted to the comfortable outfit option of Nike Juvenates and sweatpants paired with a white cropped tee, and a light jean baseball cap as my pop of colour. It was quite sunny on the day we went, so the lighter, cotton materials I’m wearing helped with keeping cool, opposed to a polyester fabric. The weather during this time (early September) was perfect – not too hot and not too humid. It is actually quite similar to the summers we have in Vancouver.

 

Amboise, a few years since, was a smiling, lively little town, and the castle was a pleasure residence of the last king; the gardens were delicious, the little chapter of St. Hubert a gem, restored in all its lustre, and the glory of artists and amateurs. All is now changed: a gloom has fallen on the scene, the flowers are faded, the gates are closed, they pretty pavilions are shut-up; there are guards instead of gardeners, and a dreary prison frowns over the reflecting waters, which glide mournfully past the towers.

— Bentley’s Miscellany, 1852
Shoes: Nike Juvenate // Bottoms: Urban Outfitters // Top: Missguided // Accessories: The Style Club baseball cap // Bag: Urban Outfitters

paris

Bonjour! Summer of 2016 treated me to an eye-opening trip to France…

Every time I get a chance to go on vacation, I feel the need to up my fashion game. As Paris is one of the “big 4” cities that holds biannual fashion week events (along with Milan, New York, and London),  I expected high fashion standards going there. It is truly fascinating to notice the differences in style across the globe. The “Parisian craze” is popular abroad as French girl outfits were, and still are, what people aspire to dress like – emphasizing natural beauty through minimal patterned clothing, avoiding scuffed/cheap shoes, a neutral colour palette, and accentuating the fit of the clothing.

Don’t wear the clothes, let the clothes wear you.

This outfit is probably not something I would feel as comfortable wearing at home in Vancouver, but being in a fashion city boosted my confidence in stepping out of my comfort zone.

Bomber: Mango // Shoes: Vans // Dress: Missguided