Happy New Year! I raise my glass to the end of 2010! What a year it has been for myself and pretty much everyone I know. 2010 was full of crazy bumps but despite it all, I've come out with a much clearer head. I've failed, succeeded, but above all learned from each and every one of those significant moments in my life. I'm excited for 2011 for more reasons than one and can't wait to get this party started!
Sorry peeps, this was the best close-up photo I could get of myself. This was taken on Christmas Eve close to the end of the night, but figured if you want makeup that will ring you into the new year then you'll want to read up on the long-wearing products I used!
Top Left: Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Steel #2 ($26 CAD): You want a shadow that won't budge? MUFE's Aqua Creams are a dream! I used this as the base of my shadow, on the lid, inner corner, and lower lash line. I wanted a warm, charcoal-silver smokey eye with a hint of shimmer. Steel is a gorgeous silver with an almost taupe undertone. I prefer this over a true silver as it looks too cool on my warm skin tone. The Aqua Creams are budge-proof and set pretty quickly. They apply really easy onto the skin but you have to blend it really quickly. The finishes are pretty shimmery, but when paired with a matte shadow the shimmer is toned down. It would be great if matte shades were introduced to the line - fingers crossed!
Top Right: M.A.C. Eye Shadow in Print ($17.50 CAD) This one is an oldie but a goody! Print is one of my beloved true greys. I find some greys either have too much blue or too much black. It's not quite a matte but has a more satin finish. I applied this close to the top and bottom lash line, outer lid, and crease. M.A.C. as always delivers on amazing pigment, doesn't crease or fade, and blends so easily.
Middle: Sephora Favourites The Little Black Eye Liner Kit ($36 USD): Like an LBD, every woman should own at least one black eye liner. This set includes 7 of Sephora's most essential black eye liners plus an eye brush from the following brands:
- 0.02 oz Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx
- 0.07oz Tarte EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay ShadowLiner in Black
- 0.005 oz Tarte EmphasEYES Inner Eye Rim Pencil in Black
- 0.02 oz Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero
- 0.06oz Sephora Collection Jumbo Eye Liner in Grey
- 0.003 oz Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner in Ebony
- 0.025 oz Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes in Black
- Smashbox Eye Liner Brush
For this look I reached for one of my favourite liners, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Zero. I didn't want an obvious line so I lined underneath my top lash line, smudged it close into my lash line, and along my waterline. To make the liner last in the waterline, line, wait for it to set, then line again. I have more reviews to come from this kit!
Bottom: Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Tiger Lily ($7.99 CAD): My night started out with NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok and Orgasm Gloss, but as the night wore on it was my Burt's Bees Tinted Lip balm in Tiger Lily (not pictured) that my dry lips longed for and is the lippie shown on myself. I have been using this non-stop ever since I received it and I can't wait to snatch all of them up! Sadly, we'll have to wait until February 2011 to purchase these.
It comes in six shades: Honeysuckle (nude), Tiger Lily (peach-nude), Pink Blossom (soft pink), Hibiscus (rosy pink), Rose (red) and Red Dahlia (wine). It's 100% natural and is made from natural botanical flower waxes (ylang-ylang and jasmine), Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Beeswax. I adore the pear scent. It's a nice change from the common minty and vanilla flavours of so many other lip products out there. The packaging is simple and true to the Burt's Bee's line, but I love that they didn't go with their traditional yellow honeycomb packaging. The lip balm comes encased in a lovely cardboard tube package which I just love! The texture is super smooth and will help keep your lips moisturized all night long. For a sheer tint, you definitely see colour on the lips. Tiger Lily was the perfect peachy-nude for my smokey eye.
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Complete List of Products:
MUFE HD Primer Perfection
Face Atelier Ultra Foundation #7
Tarte Mineral Powder
Benefit Erase Paste in #3 (under eyes)
Smashbox Halo Bronzer (all over and as a contour)
NARS Douceur Blush on cheeks
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer
MUFE Aqua Cream #2 Steel
M.A.C. Print Eye Shadow
UD 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero
New Maybelline Mascara (Review to come but I think I'm actually loving it!)
First half of the night: NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok and Orgasm Gloss
Second half: Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Tiger Lily (available February 2011)
For New Year's definitely amp it up by adding more shimmer or a glittery silver liner. Add a pair of falsies to make your peepers stand out more.
What do you think of this look? What's on your look book for New Year's?
I hope everyone has a safe and an amazing New Year! Thank you to all my readers, friends, and family that have been through it all with me. I cherish your love and support more than you will ever know. I won't bore you with any NY resolutions because we've heard them all. Wishing you all much love, happiness and success for 2011! Cheers!
Products were sent for editorial consideration with the exception of M.A.C. Print. I really love all these products.