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Road to Confidence: Be Fresh from Be. Winery

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Remember this look?

I decided that I just had to try the one that looked the most-out-there first as I was feeling particularly adventurous yesterday. Plus, looking at the style cards just got me thinking of those Limecrime eyeliners I got an age ago. Experiment time? Why yes, sirree!

It just so happened that Sherry was around as well and there is nothing more relaxing than spending an afternoon with your girlfriend pretending to be makeup artists. She went for a more natural and effortlessly beautiful look, while me…. well. See for yourself.

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I used:

  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette
  • LimeCrime Liquid Eyeliner in Citreuse and 6th Element
  • Tony Moly Liquid Black Eyeliner
  • False Lashes from Eylure (can’t remember which style)
  • Jane Iredale Purepressed Blush in Barely Rose
  • Innoxa Lovely Lips lipstick in Passionflower

Okay, granted, it is really quite different from the original inspiration. I actually think that this look is quite wearable if you left off the orange eyeliner from the bottom eye. What do you think? Would you try it?

If you’d like to try it, remember that there is a video tutorial that I have embedded above that can guide you through the step by step of the look. Truthfully, I didn’t follow it. I just went nuts on my face, as you can see.

I also didn’t use any foundation as… well… I really don’t use foundation or BB creams anymore. /lazy

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Have a glass with me, and let me know what you think!

Check out Be Winery! Wine provided for consideration, I was not paid to play with makeup. (Would be cool if I was!)

The Road to Confidence: Bright Green Eyes

This is a sponsored post.

It’s been awhile since my last Road to Confidence post, and indeed it has been awhile since I had the time to sit down to play with my makeup collection. It’s so easy to just let everything fall to the wayside once life gets hectic. I know that when I got stressed back in September, my good eating habits all went poof!

Still, we gotta take the time to chill at some point, and so when Sherry came over last weekend, we took the time to play with makeup and this was the look that I ended up with. I have to warn you first that the lighting at my house was really quite bad, and since I’m too poor to get my photography lights right now, we’ve just had to go with what we had.

I fell in love with the look, to be honest. I had been inspired by the amazing Megan from Make Up Store who had the most beautiful eyes at our previous #ABBM and had vowed to try something similar. This was my take on it! I love those lashes as well. So incredibly soft and so crazily out there!

In fact, I loved it so much, I decided to film a video tutorial on it. Hope you enjoy!

Did you notice the little naughty thing I did in my video? I admitted to one of my biggest naughty moves of all time: I don’t use foundation or bb cream anymore.

Why? Because I don’t feel that I need to cover my skin up anymore.
How? Because I have been paying attention to skincare and actually cleaning my face properly.

Many girls tell me that they can’t possibly walk out without any makeup, but have a think about it. If you have good skin, why would you need foundation? So the key isn’t in getting amazing foundations, the key is in getting better skincare products. Simple, really.

I’ll leave you with a few more photos from the night. Not exactly the best, but hey, I had fun and that’s the main point right? Let me know if you decide to try this look, I’d love to see your version!

By the way, the giveaway date has been extended! Rafflecopter will once more be opened for entries till the 5th of November so if you haven’t entered, here’s your 2nd chance! Be quick as you aren’t going to get another chance after this!

The Road to Confidence: [FOTD] Pink & Purple Wonderland

Sometimes, I wish I didn’t procrastinate so much. I’d achieve so much more if I weren’t such a master at procrastination.
Take this shot for example. I procrastinated so much at taking the photo that I missed out on natural light and out of the 100 photos or so taken in my terrible excuse of a bathroom, only one was deemed worthy enough to be put on the blog.

I kid you not.

You might remember the Fashion Wannabe Post that I did a few days ago. I showed you my dress, but not the look that went with it, so here it is!

Here’s what I used:

Bobbi Brown – BB Cream
Urban Decay – Primer Potion
Beauty Pro Cosmetics – Crazy Colour Palette
LimeCrime – Liquid Eyeliner in Quill (Black) and Lunar (White)
Physician Formula – Happy Booster™ Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Rose*
Ciccone Cosmetics – Voluptus*

For the newcomer to this blog, The Road to Confidence is my irregular series that shares a series of different makeup looks that I’ve come up with. It can range from the wild and crazy looks to the normal day-to-day wear and there is no real planning, no rhyme nor reason to what goes into this series. It’s just me, playing with makeup, trying to gain more skills and more confidence.

* Products provided for consideration.

Road to Confidence: Sick as a Dog FOTD

You might remember that I was sick sometime back. I had a meeting that I couldn’t beg off so I attempted to use makeup to cover up how sick I looked and felt.
Looking at this photo, I think I succeeded!

I also like my hair in braids, but the only braids I know how to do are little girl braids down the front. I really suck at hair styling – who wants to volunteer as my stylist?

Products
Tony Moly Eggpore Silky Smooth Balm
MAC BB Cream
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Hello Kitty Liquid Eyeliner
Clinique Milly Spring Palette for cheeks and eyes
Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm

Luckily I’m a lot better now. Hooray!

Road to Confidence: Girl on Fire – Inspired by Hunger Games

It’s been awhile since the last Road to Confidence post. I fell off the tracks a little bit due to lack of inspiration but I’m hoping to do more now! I love playing with makeup though I’m not much good at it, so hopefully I gain more confidence through my Road to Confidence segment. That’s the idea anyways.

This look, as the title suggest, was inspired by Hunger Games. I first read this trilogy last year when the high school students in my school had to read this book for literature circle. They started raving about it and out of curiosity, I picked up the books and started reading.

And went on reading. And reading. And reading. And didn’t let go till the last word in the last book was read.

I’ve been hooked on Hunger Games ever since. The premise, the story line, the plot, the way the author has painted the words… Amazing. While I’ve been told that it can be disturbing to some, gruesome to others, I have not found it to be so myself. Maybe I just have a stronger stomach for gore than I thought.

I went to watch the movie with much excitement and anticipation. But I must confess to being quite disappointed with the makeup in the movie. Even though the movie boast of incredible numbers going through the makeup and hair tents, it just wasn’t as grand nor as colourful as I thought it’d have been. Katniss’ makeup in particular could have reflected more of concept ‘ Girl on Fire’.

So I thought I’d give it a go. I kept it fairly conservative as I only had a short amount of time to work on this look. I’ve also added in a Before and After, just for kicks.

I aimed this look at Katniss interview session before she went into the Games. I used colours that I would normally associate with fire and added in a slight accent with a red lip pencil to shape the flames a little. I would have added in sparkling gems under my eyes and flames as well if I could but then I didn’t know where my gems were in the mess that was my interstate moving.

And since the concealer I was using (test running another one) still wasn’t doing much good at hiding my dark circles, I decided to join the dark side. (Har. Har.) and added dark reddish brown shadows under my eyes. Big dramatic lashes completed the look, along with brilliant red lips.

Would this look had better suited her interview dress? I don’t know. But I know that this would have been a far better representation of Girl on Fire in my books. But then I may be bias.

What do you think?

The Road to Confidence: The violet way – v.3 – ooh I have buns!

Ahh! I’m late, I’m late, I’m late for a very important date!

I’m late in posting this, because I’ve had such a busy morning!
But it’s here now, hope you like it!

This was one of the hairstyles Violet tried on me to help me see that there is quite an endless stream of possiblities that I could have with my hair. She’s convinced that the thickness of my hair is a good thing – I’m convinced otherwise!

Anyways, have a look at the photos, and let me know what you think of this hairstyle on me?

And if you want to know how to do this hairstyle yourself… have a watch of this. (And please excuse the incredibly unglamorous shot of me yawning. I’m obviously not a lady!)


Violet also had a very amusing photo of the day up – Check it out here

The Road to Confidence: The Violet way – v.2

I’m really missing my friends in Melbourne. But I am patiently (or impatiently) waiting for this weekend to roll around because I will be back in Melbourne for a conference and it’s a convenient excuse to come back and visit my friends.

Violet is one of my best gals there is. I’m never bored talking with her and we get on like a house on fire when we are together. Funny really because we were friends for so long (6 years!) and it wasn’t till she moved to Melbourne that we realised just how similar we were.

A while ago, we showed you what Violet did to my hair. But did you really think we’d stop just there?

The answer is no, of course not!

We used the same makeup look, which just proves to you that looks can be versatile and actually changes with the mood if you do your hair differently. This hairstyle is cute and playful and incredibly beautiful. Of all the hairstyles we tried on me that day, this was my favourite!

Violet is still trying to convince me that this is an easy hairstyle to replicate. I just think I’m not quite as talented as she is. The good part is that Violet has a video tutorial on how to do this hairstyle on me. Perfect, no visualization needed, just plenty of replaying that video.

The hairstyle made me feel pretty like a princess. It’s very suited for bridesmaids in particular, I think. But if I were going to an event, I’d wear this hairstyle too. It’d go beautifully with my lolita dresses as well, so what’s not to like?

Gorgeous hairstyle. Now to figure out how to do it myself! Check out Violet’s Tutorial on how to do this hairstyle here

What do you ladies think?

Photos by the amazing Jimmy

The Road to Confidence: The Violet way.

Hooray, the road to confidence is back with another look! Before I get into this look, some people have asked me why the name of this series is “Road to Confidence” and what the significance is.

The Road to Confidence is a fortnightly (where possible) series that I’ve started up to document some looks that I come up with or work in collaboration with other bloggers for. When I first started this blog, I was lacking in all kinds of self-esteem with regards to my looks. I still am, though working with the blog has allowed me to grow and build that confidence within myself. So in another attempt to build that self-esteem through makeup, I will be using makeup to create different looks to allow me to see what suits me, and what doesn’t. It will allow me to play and create art which I adore, though I can never hope to be as good as my idol, manwomanfilm, though I will definitely keep trying. So while I’m playing and trying, I will be documenting my progress within my series: road to confidence.

My best blogging buddy Violet has been vital to this series. She was actually the first person to try something beyond my comfort zone on me. It was definitely a learning adventure, as Violet hasn’t had too much experience doing makeup on people other than herself and it was a good chance for me to learn from the pros. We had a lot of fun that day, and the look you see today is courtesy of Miss Violet!

I don’t actually remember the products used, but don’t fret as Violet will be releasing a tutorial on this look. We did learn however that the usual eyeshadow to brow look that Violet uses on herself so often really doesn’t work for me! Green, however, a colour that I don’t normally use seems to suit me quite well, so that was a huge plus!

It was also my first time using false lashes. I think that really started the whole thing rolling as I can’t be without falsies now. I love how I look with falsies too much.

But there’s a surprise to this. This is merely half of the look! To see what Violet did to my hair, you will have to head over to her site. Check it out!

Edit: Updated with vid for your viewing pleasure!

I should also point out that I had a HELLA lot of fun doing this vid and watching it afterwards. I’m the master of making rude comments at myself!!

Photos by the amazing Jimmy