Archive | September, 2012

Fun Grey Smokey Eye

16 Sep

Hello everyone! Please forgive my absence for the past little while, school just started up again and it’s been pretty hectic. I decided to post this look because it’s pretty simple and something I wear often, especially during the fall. I didn’t mean to use all Tarte eyeshadows, all my greys and silvers just seem to be by them.

A lot of the colours I used are from the Tarte for True Blood palette; which doesn’t seem to be on sale on their website anymore but is available on Amazon. I love this palette, it has amazing fall colours and a good assortment of mattes, shimmers and glitters.


The Look: A soft matte grey smokey eye with strong silver glitter on inner lower lash line.  I like this look because it’s versatile; skip the underneath-the-eye steps for a sophisticated office look and add the glitter later when you’re going out. It doesn’t have to be silver; any colour glitter would look great. A slight bronzer contour and a light pink matte blush on the cheeks complements the dark eyes and a neutral pink glossy lip completes the look.

Good for: This look can be adapted for day or night, office or night-out. That’s why I love grey!




MAC Brun Eyeshadow (to fill in eyebrows)

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in tough as Taupe

Tarte Eyeshadow in Matte Pebble (from neutralEYES volume II palette)

Tarte Eyeshadow in Buttercream (from neutralEYES volume II palette)

Tarte Eyeshadow in Matte Soft Beige (from neutralEYES volume II palette)

Tarte Eyeshadow in Stake (from True Blood palette)

Tarte Eyeshadow in The True Death (from True Blood palette)

Tarte Eyeshadow in The Light (from True Blood palette)

Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner in 156 Rhône

NYC Waterproof Eyeliner in 931 Black

L’Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense

Wet n Wild Coloricon Shimmer Eye Pencil in 155 Silver

Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara in 01 Black


Elizabeth Arden Skin Basics Velva Moisture Film (as base)

Rimmel Clean Finish Matte Foundation in 130 True Ivory

Maybelline 24 Hour Super Stay Foundation in Classic Beige (foundations mixed)

Clinique Airbrush Concealer in 02 Medium

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Finishing Powder

NARS Bronzer in Laguna

NYX Blush in PB06 Peach

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 070 Airy Fairy

Hard Candy Plumping Serum Lip Gloss in 154 All American Girl

This is how I created the look

1. Apply a grey/taupe eyeshadow base (Maybelline Tough as Taupe) with your finger; gently rub around they edges to blend.


2. Add a light grey eyeshadow (Tarte Matte Pebble) over the base, blend edges out.


3. Add a dark matte grey shadow (Tarte Stake) to the outer 1/3 of the eye and blend inward. Blend again with the brush you used to apply the light grey for a seamless transition of colour.


4. Draw a slate grey eyeliner (Annabelle Rhône) to the outer 1/3 of the upper and lower lash line and blend. Blend the shadow on the outer eye so it’s rounded, not angled.


5. Blend a small amount of matte peach eyeshadow (Tarte Matte Buttercream) in the crease.


6. Draw a silver eyeliner (Wet n Wild Coloricon Silver) to the inner 1/3 of the lower lash line and blend it out.


7. Pack a glittery silver eyeshadow (Tarte The True Death)  on top of the eyeliner you blended.


8. Draw a small amount of black liquid liner to the upper 1/3 of the upper lash line, don’t angle it. Tight line underneath the upper lashes with a black eyeliner.


9. Tight line bottom lash line with the grey eyeliner and add your highlight and mascara (I used Tarte The Light for the brow bone and Matte Beige for the inner tear duct).

Done! Would you wear this during the day, or out at night?

– Julia


Review: essence Forget It! 3-in-1 Concealer

7 Sep


What: essence Forget It! 3-in-1 concealer; a multi-purpose pan concealer. This product is no longer shown on the essence website, but is available at Shopper’s Drug Mart and Ulta. Essence is a German cosmetic brand and is available in most European drugstores.

Price: $3.49 at Shopper’s Drug Mart.


Colour correctors are a great tool and I don’t think you can ever have too many. I picked this essence one up a few weeks ago and I really like it. It even has a guide on the back that tells you what to use each colour for.


Formula: It has a smooth, gel-like consistency. Since it’s a pan concealer, it’s thick but not too thick to wear under your eyes. The beige and pink melt into the skin very well, but the green appears a bit chalky.

Pigmentation: All three have great pigmentation when swatching, but fade a bit when applied. You can layer them to a certain degree to build up the colour, but if you add too much the product will slide off. Of the three colours, green had the weakest pigmentation. It kinda just settled into lines after a while, which is not what you want when trying to cover a red blemish.

Longevity of wear: The wear time could be improved; the green and the beige colours faded after a while even after setting them with powder. These would probably wear much better on someone with regular to dry skin, but did not last on me. I had no issues with the pink shade under my eyes.

Packaging: It’s made from pretty flimsy plastic. I kinda feel like if I dropped this once, it would be done for. But at this price replacing it isn’t so bad.


Overall: Good quality product, worth buying for the pink and peach shades. I would recommend this is you’re just starting out with colour correctors and don’t want to spend a lot.

What’s your favourite colour corrector?

– Julia