Thursday, 21 February 2013

Glitterized for Chinese New Year

Well I am a bit late posting this as the New Year was almost two weeks ago already but Gong Hei Fat Choi for the year of the snake 2013! (linguistic titbit of the day: Gong Hei Fat Choi is Cantonese and a standard greeting for Chinese New Year. You may also see it written as “Gong Xi Fa Cai” which is exactly the same phrase, just in Mandarin. A good translation is “Wishing you a prosperous new year!”)

I met up with some friends near Soho on the day – we weren’t actually going  to China Town, as it gets awfully crowded there, but we managed to get absolutely caught up in the crowds anyway. I guess next year I should just give in and go to China Town on the day!

I did go heavy on the glitter to ring in the occassion though. I used some eyeshadows from Urban Decay as my base colour and a combination of glitters from Claire’s Accessories on top.



The colours did crease as I used a creamy base to help the glitter stick with, but I don’t think it looked bad. I have quite narrow eyelids anyway so I can get away with a lot of creasing on my lids before it actually becomes noticeable from any distance.

I love glitter and although I know it is viewed by many as a very teenage form of make-up, I like to think I’ll be rocking glittery looks for at least the next thirty years too!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

From the Archives #2

I have no idea which eyeshadows I’m wearing here but I found these shots when I was going through my old photos and I thought it was a really cool look.




Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Silver and Pink

This is a really cute eyeshadow combination that’s perfect all year-round, for whenever you feel like channelling cupcakes and icing sugar and macaroons and all that good sugary sweet stuff in your eye makeup!

Flyaway hair optional…but I kinda like it :)



Saturday, 2 February 2013

Warmth Added

I’ve been wearing mostly cool toned, white based shimmery eyeshadows all winter long so far, so last weekend I decided to wear some gold-based eye make-up for a change. I also added some orangey red lipstick which I think complimented my eyeshadow really nicely.




The eyeliner that I used which is a 24/7 liquid eyeliner in Smog by Urban Decay is one of my favourite colours – it’s an olive toned dark gold that is the perfect complement to warm/brown based looks that you don’t want to overwhelm by using a black eyeliner. I skipped mascara as my eyes have been watering so much lately that it’s a guaranteed path to panda eyes for me at the moment, and in the dim light of winter evenings I don’t think the lack of mascara makes too much difference to the overall effect of my eye make-up. I do think it would look more balanced with mascara but it’s just too much maintenance for me so I’d rather skip it and save myself the hassle.

Incidentally I have been growing my eyebrows out and I’m really glad that I managed to resist plucking them until they got to this stage, as I’m now happy that they look a good shape from a distance and require absolutely no maintenance whatsoever, for the first time in fifteen years! I know they look rather straggly and wild in the close up above but there is no way anybody looks at my eyebrows that closely in everyday life so the close-up isn’t really a good reflection of how they really look. OK so it’s a minor achievement but an achievement none the less I feel!