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FotD: Pink

I don't think I've made it a secret on here that I pretty much don't think pink eyeshadow looks good on me ever. That's why, today, I challenged myself to use it in a make-up look. :P

The basics for this are my usual things: Everyday Minerals semi-matte foundation in Medium, and Everyday Minerals eyebrow powder in Auburn. I also used a little bit of Everyday Minerals blush in Memphis Rose and Catrice Ultimate Shine lipstick in Corallicious Pink.

On the eyes, I used the pinkish brown shimmer from the Sleek Storm palette as a base for the crease, and a Gosh eyeshadow stick in Love That Violet as a base for the lid. I then applied Cranberry from the Sleek Sparkle palette all over the lid, and a bit of Galactic from that same palettein the outer V and blended up into the crease. I also added a little bit of the pink/gold duochrome from the Sleek Original palette in the inner corner of the lid. On the lower lash line, I made a very thin line with my Urban Decay 24/7 liner pencil in Perversion and smudged that out with a little bit of black eyeshadow. Finally, I added a very thin black line on the upper lash line as well, using my Sleek Dip-It eyeliner, and used my YSL Shocking mascara to finish the look.

I'm still not a huge fan of the colour, but at least by going all out and using hot (almost neon) pink, it doesn't look like I've just been crying, as with pretty much any other pink eyeshadow I've ever tried. What do you think?

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EotD: Queen’s Day look

I was going to do some kind of elaborate FotD for Queen's Day -- and blog about it, of course. Then I realised Q-day 2012 took place just two days before my exams, so I would probably be spending most of my day inside, studying, rather than outside, partying. :P Suddenly, there did not seem to be that much need for a big fancy eye look, but I still wanted to do something vaguely Queen's Day-inspired. So, here's what I came up with:

This is the orange/copper colour from the Sleek Original palette in the crease, with the bold blue colour from the same palette on the lid. I blended the two together at the edge of the crease and added a black line along the lower lash line using the black colour from the Original palette and a pencil brush. I used my Sleek Dip-It liner on the upper lash line, and my YSL Shocking mascara to finish the look.

Honestly, this has to be one of the simplest looks I've posted in the history of this blog, haha. The only thing "special" about this look is that I normally probably wouldn't have thought to use these colours together, and it did actually turn out kind of nice. But, yeah... that was my quick & dirty Queen's day look. :P Hope you enjoyed :)

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FotD: Dark smokey look

This last week was "study week": a whole week without any classes or labs so you can study for your midterms. As a result, I didn't have to leave the house for anything all day, the other day. In this case, one of two things tend to happen: either I wear no make-up at all for a change, or, more interestingly, I decide to experiment with some kind of heavy look that I wouldn't normally wear outside. This was one of those times. :P I woke up that morning and decided that "you know, I think I feel like some dark goth-y look today", so that's what happened.

I used Everyday Minerals foundation powder in Medium, Catrice lipstick in Like My High Heels, and Everyday Minerals eyebrow powder in Auburn.

On the eyes, I started by applying my Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner pencil in Perversion to the lower lashline, and then blending that out with some black eyeshadow and a pencil brush. I also drew a line right into the crease and blended that out with the black shadow as well; so there was a black smokey base in the innermost part of the crease (not going as high up as in these finished pictures). Finally I also applied the liner to my upper and lower waterlines.

Next, I took a blending brush and the darkest grey shimmer from the Sleek Graphite palette, and blended that into the crease, going about halfway up to the brow bone. On the part of the crease closest to the nose I used the second-to-darkest shade, and extended it all the way on to the corner where the crease meets the nose and inner corner of the eye. I applied the purple shimmer from the same palette to the eyelid. On the inner 1/3 or so of the lid, I added a little of the lightest grey shimmer on top, and applied this colour in the inner corner of the eye as well. To finish the look, I added some Sleek Dip-It black eyeliner and my usual Etos Xtra Volume black mascara.

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FotD: Purple Shimmer

A few days ago I wore a lilac top, and had already put on purple nail polish, so I figured I might as well do a nice purple make-up look to go with it!

I started out by applying some Everyday Minerals semi-matte foundation in Medium and a bit of EM Multi-Intensive concealer as well. I then used EM eyebrow powder in Auburn on my brows.

Next, I applied a base for my eye look: a Gosh shadestick in Love That Violet! on the lid, and I lined my lower lash line with my Etos automatic kohl pencil in Black. I pulled that black line all the way around into my crease. It looks really funny now, but bear with me! ;)

I grabbed my EM smudge brush and blended out those harsh black lines. See, it's starting to look much better already :)

Eyeshadow time! First, I took the dark pink/brown shade from the Sleek Storm palette. It's the one in the top right corner, that pretty much looks like a deep reddish pink in the box (which is why I never really used it in the past), but once you apply it, it's actually more of a medium brown with just a hint of pink to it. I applied that in the crease, blending it out and up. Then, I took the bright purple from Sleek Original, and applied that all over the lid, blending it into the crease. I used the duochrome pink/gold shade from the same palette and used that in the inner corner. Finally, I took a little bit of black and used that to set the line along my lower lashes.

A bit of eye liner (Sleek Dip-It liner in Black) and mascara (Etos Xtra Volume in Black) and the eye look is all done!

And finally, some lip gloss to complete the look! This is Essence XXXL Shine lip gloss in Girls Night Out.

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Wicked (including FotD)

Oh wow, this is so long overdue it's not even funny. I went to see Wicked a full week and a half ago, at this point, and I had planned to blog about it the very next morning, and then, well, procrastination kicked in. Now we've reached the point where I have an exam in two days, so instead of procrastinating on writing this blog post, I'm blogging to procrastinate on studying. See how that works?

Let's start off with the look I did before going out. I decided I wanted something green (it seemed appropriate), so I bust out my Sleek Safari palette for the first time in ages, and here's what I came up with.

On my face, I'm wearing the Everyday Minerals multi-intensive concealer, and Everyday Minerals semi-matte foundation in Medium. I did my eyebrows using Everyday Minerals eyebrow powder in Auburn -- and I promise they did not look as sloppy and "coloured way outside the lines" in real life as they do in this picture. I'm not sure what happened there. :P Finally on my lips, I'm just wearing a little bit of Rosebud Salve lip balm. I put on a lip gloss just before heading into the theater.

For the eye look, I started out by applying a black line along about half of my lower lash line as well as all the way along the crease (right in the fold), using my Etos automatic kohl pencil in Black. I then grabbed a smudge brush with a tiny bit of black eye shadow on it, and smoked out those lines until they were nice and soft. Next, I grabbed the dark green shimmer from the Sleek Safari palette, and used that to line my lower lash line using the same smudge brush, and then also in my crease with a fluffy blending brush. Finally I took the bright green from the same palette and applied it all over my lid, blending it into the dark green. Nice and simple!

I finished the look by adding Sleek Dip-It liquid liner in Black along my upper lash line, and of course applying some mascara (Etos Xtra Volume in Black). I made a nice wing with the liner -- well, or so I thought, until I looked at these close-up photos just now and realised the angle is completely off. Oh well. :P

So, on to the show itself! I'd been wanting to see Wicked ever since it first came out. I had heard about it well before it even premiered over here in the Netherlands (last November), mostly through Glee ;) and had actually already seen the whole thing (the original Broadway version) in full, on a rather poor audience cam version on Youtube. Now, for all the TV shows and films I watch, I tend to avoid spoilers like the plague, but with this, even seeing the whole thing beforehand didn't bother me -- in fact, it just made me want to go there myself much more strongly! :P

The main thing holding me back from actually going, until now, had been the price, with decent seats going for $125 and up. But then the price dropped to $110 for first class seats and, more importantly, I randomly got a "2 for 1" voucher, so it suddenly became doable, and off we went. I only have the one picture up above, though (from just before the show actually started), since there was no way I was going to risk getting kicked out now that I'd finally made it there, and so I heeded all the "please no recordings of any kind" warnings like a good girl. :P If you haven't been yet and want to have a taste of what it'll be like, there are plenty of videos up on Youtube, with various casts and multiple languages/countries. Like I said, there's even a couple of full versions up there.

That doesn't begin to compare to actually seeing it in person, though, which I would definitely recommend if you get the chance. The acting, singing and dancing is all amazing -- the entire cast gives stellar performances. The one thing that probably impressed me the most, though, seeing it in person as compared to on a cam, was actually the stage itself! Things don't just happen on the stage, the whole surrounding area also has (changing) lights and decorations, little platforms and balconies that the actors occasionally come out on, a huge animatronic dragon (no, seriously), etc. So anyway, the entire show definitely gets a huge thumbs up from me.

Oh, and here is the one video I did take; right at the end, after the actual show has just finished and the entire cast comes back out to receive their ovation. I figured there would probably be no point in kicking me out at that stage. ;) I do apologise for the extremely poor quality in advance, though. This was filmed on a cell phone, which couldn't really cope with the light changes in addition to simply having a very low resolution to begin with. :P

Main cast for our showing: Celine Purcell as Glinda, Willemijn Verkaik as Elphaba, Jim Bakkum as Fiyero.