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2-Minute Shimmering Eyes

Hi beauties!! This is somewhat an unplanned post but I got so many compliments on this eye makeup I had on few days ago, I thought I may as well do a post and show you just how easy it is to achieve :)

It’s no secret that I live and breathe makeup and although I enjoy all aspects of makeup application, it’s also a fact that our daily hustle and bustle doesn’t always allow us to sit back and enjoy the process. However, practicality is key and you don’t have to spend hours and use countless number of products to achieve pretty looks.

This look is a perfect example…

Beauty Point Of View

2-minute Shimmering Eyes

For this look I used: NYX jumbo pencil in Sparkle Leopard + Ardell Demi Wispies false lashes + Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kajal Pencil in Brown (optional).

Beauty Point Of View

NYX jumbo pencil in Sparkle Leopard / Rimmel ScandalEyes Kajal Liner in Brown / Ardell Demi Wispie lashes

The star of this look is undoubtedly the NYX jumbo pencil in Sparkle Leopard. It’s a pretty gold/bronze color with silver sparkles throughout. The shimmer/sparkle combo instantly adds a pretty glisten to the eyes.

**Check out my review/swatch post of all the NYX jumbo pencils I have HERE.
 

3 SIMPLE STEPS TO GET THIS LOOK

1. I lined my top and bottom lash lines with the Sparkle Leopard pencil, smudged with my fingers and re-applied a second coat for intensity. *As I mentioned in my full review of these NYX jumbo pencils, they’re better used as a base for eyeshadows due to their soft texture; but I find the lighter shimmer colors such as the Sparkle Leopard hold up well as liners with couple of coats.

2. I applied Ardell demi wispie lashes very close to my natural lash line; and one coat of black mascara on my bottom lashes.

3. Optional: I applied Rimmel ScandalEyes Brown pencil in my tight line (inner rim of my top lash line) to darken the lash line so the false lashes look more natural. You can most certainly leave this step out or use the dark brown liner to line above the lash line or darken the bottom lash line ,if you want the look to be stronger ;)

And that’s pretty much it! So, whether you pair this look with nude lips for day wear as I did or add a rich bold pout for a sparkling evening look, it’s a simple yet effective look and no one will know it only took minutes to create ;)

You can purchase NYX, Ardell and Rimmel products at drugstores or online.
 

What do you guys think of this look? What’s you time saving go-to look on those crazy busy days? xx

 
 

Too Faced Bronzer Wardrobe

Could we have a wardrobe of bronzers? That’s the million dollar question today and according to Too Faced…yes we can!

If you guys are following makeup trends, you probably notice that there are certain products people go absolutely crazy over. Too Faced bronzers have been talked about and obsessed over for some time, so when I came across this mini sample wardrobe of all their best selling bronzers, I had to see for myself what the hype was all about. Lets take a look, shall we…

Too Faced Bronzer Wardrobe

Too Faced Bronzer Wardrobe contains 4 x 2.5g of their best selling bronzers and a mini brush. Renowned for containing real cocoa which gives these bronzers their delicious chocolate scent, this set is a great way to test out these famous bronzers.

And if like me, you swatched the full size many times in store but due to already having a wardrobe full of other bronzers at home, you held back from buying it, this is a perfect set to help you decide if you should invest in the full sizes.

Too Faced 5-piece Bronzer Wardrobe

Chocolate Soleil is a medium/deep shade matte bronzer. This is probably the most suitable one for my NC35 skin. I know most people use it as a contour product and that’s fine for everyday use to add some warmth and dimension but I feel it contains too much of a warm undertone to be a true contour product. As a matte bronzer however, it’s perfect!

Milk Chocolate Soleil is a light/medium shade matte bronzer. This was way too light for my skin and once I blended, it pretty much looked like a setting powder on me. So this would be more suitable for skin tones around MAC NC25 and lighter.

Too Faced 5-piece Bronzer Wardrobe

Endless Summer is a 16hr long wear bronzer. It’s slightly darker than Milk Chocolate Soleil but because it contains shimmer, it translates lighter when blended. It takes quite a few layers to show up as highlight on my skin so again, this would be great for lighter skin tones to add warmth with a bit of shimmer; or it would be great for darker/deeper skin tones as a subtle highlight.

Sun Bunny is a duo of light/dark shimmer bronzer. The peachy undertone of the lighter color gave my cheeks a healthy glow so this was more of a light blush for me than a coppery bronzer. The darker shade in the pan was my favorite out of the shimmer finish products as it had great color payoff and blended beautifully too.

The brush is average, the bristles are really soft but I only see myself using this brush if I take the whole set with me for convenience when I’m travelling.

IN SUMMARY

I can only base this on what I feel worked well on my skin tone but in terms of pigmentation, color distribution and texture, Chocolate Soleil and the Sun Bunny compacts were definitely my favorites. I found Milk Chocolate Soleil and Endless Summer to be a little chalky but then again, that could be due to me layering the product to get it to show up on my skin.

Too Faced full size bronzers retail at $30 and this Bronzer Wardrobe is $22.  So if you’ve been curious to try the Too Faced range of bronzers, this set makes a good trial kit, as well as a great gift for a loved one.

Get Too Faced 5-piece Bronzer Wardrobe HERE

 

Do you guys have any of the Too Faced bronzers? What are your thoughts on them? xx

 
 

Pantone Color Of The Year 2015: Marsala

This time of year is particularly interesting for world of fashion, beauty and color trends, as Pantone Color Institute announces the color of the year. And Color Of The Year for 2015 is: Marsala!

It’s a rich rustic red/wine color with brown undertones, which has an element of earthy warmth to it:

Pantone MarsalaAlthough it doesn’t mean we all have to go and douse ourselves in the chosen color, it does conjure up enough interest that cosmetics and fashion brands, home accessories and even food gets inspiration from color of the year in their creative process. So I guess we’ll be seeing quite a bit of this shade throughout 2015.

Sephora teams up with Pantone every year to release a special limited edition collection of the chosen color. Last year’s vibrant fuchsia Radiant Orchid is being replaced with the warm rustic hues of Marsala, ranging from softer nudes to the rich reds.

Here’s a sneak peek of Sephora’s Marsala collection which will be released soon – I’ll keep you guys updated on the launch date. I’m really loving the packaging; it looks so chic and classy compared to the white plastic packaging of previous years:

Sephora Pantone Marsala

If however, you want to get a head start in rocking this very fall/winter’esque color, there are plenty of options available across many cosmetics brands. Prominently cheek and lip colors, the below options (and more listed in the link), will be great starter pieces for your Marsala collection ;)

Click HERE to browse through Marsala inspired makeup items

Marsala Makeup

I think Marsala is a great shade for cosmetics, especially for fall and winter and these rustic hues would look stunning particularly on deep/dark skin tones. Blended with shimmery gold shades for added drama or a flush of color on the cheeks against natural skin, there are many options to make the most of this shade.

Same with fashion; warm cosy marsala coats or corduroy skinny pants, a pop of rich color with bags, scarves and shoes could really help take a simple outfit to a different level. I’m a bit unsure about it for home decor, but then again, I’m more of a modern/French Provincial nudes, beige, whites kinda person.

 

What do you guys think of Marsala as color of 2015? xx