Playing Colors: Cobalt Blue and Coral

Hellooo girlfriends...  Happy Sunday...  I'm in such a good mood this weekend.  I got the chance to see Cherry Blossoms at the Brooklyn Garden, smell the flowers, take a looong nap in the afternoon, meet friends for dinner, talk about makeup with them all night, and have Sunday brunch with Ro...  As Rihanna says, "Cheers to the freakin' weekend"...

As far as makeup goes, I've been pretty "experimental" lately.  I'm into color eyeliners, as opposed to my boring black liner.  It's actually so much fun working with color eyeliners as it gives my eyes a different kind of pop!  

You see what I'm saying?  It pops without being too much...  I can definitely see myself walking around the grocery store wearing this!  (Ok, that's not happening).  The key is to keep everything else simple:  Don't use any shimmery eyeshadow and try to match the lips and the cheeks' color by using products with similar undertones.

In this look I'm wearing a cobalt blue eyeliner by Sephora and a creamy coral lipstick by Too Faced.  I'm so excited to share with you how much I love the new lipstick I'm wearing!  The Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in creamy coral is a new lipstick format that I've never seen before.  It's a lipstick in a tube.  I'm usually not a fan of any non-bullet lipsticks, but with this one... I'm in love!! 

The lipstick comes in a tube and you just apply it straight from tip.  It takes a little bit of getting used to but it's not a big deal at all.  The formula is very smooth and the pigment is rich yet build-able.  It has a velvety finish, even though you can keep building it to create a glossier finish.  This product is the exact hybrid of lip gloss, lips stain, and lipstick.  It's incredible!!

Here is what I'm wearing for the rest of the face:

And last but not least......

Xo,

Ambar

Saturday Smokey Eyes with YSL

It's the weekend finally, girlfriend!!  This week has been so exhausting for me and I was soo looking forward to the time off.  Don't we all deserve it?  I went to the park today, took a nice stroll, soaked up the sun... got a little tan..., and of course shopped!  I wish the weekend would never end....

Anyway, I haven't done grey smokey eyes in a looong time, so I thought it would be good to try this weekend!  Before I jump in, let me begin by telling you that these smokey eyes only require one eyeshadow.  It's super fast and no mess!

The shade I'm wearing above is the blueish grey on the bottom right of the palette.  I first started by tight-lining my eyes with Giorgio Armani Black Pencil Eyeliner.  Then I drew a line on the lid with the same pencil and smudged it out with my ring finger.  After that, I patted the grey eyeshadow over and blended all the harsh edges.  Finally, I added the black liquid eyeliner, yada-yada-yada, and I was done! 

Here is a list of items I used on the rest of my face:

Face:  Make Up For Ever HD PrimerDolce and Gabbana Perfect Luminous Foundation, Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick, Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen, MAC Riri Blush and Bronzer (Limited Edition)

Eyes and Brow:  Urban Decay Primer Potion, YSL Pure Chromatic Eyeshadow #9, , The Face Shop Black Liquid Eyeliner

Lips: MAC Lip Pencil in In Anticipation and Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine

I knew you were looking at that cute brush!  It's my favorite Chanel vintage brush.  I honestly never even used it for anything, really.  It was intended for loose powder but I just couldn't get myself to use it!  I guess it's good enough to use as a prop!

There you go, girls.  I hope you guys like this look!  Please let me know if you have any questions.  You know where to find me :)

 

Xo,

Ambar 

My Urban Decay Naked 3 Foolosophy

If there is one thing in the world that all girls have in common, I'm pretty sure it would be Urban Decay Naked Palette!  Some of you might have the original version, others of you might have Naked 2, or even both?  Doesn't matter..  Eeevery girl I've talked to has tried Naked Palette at some point in her life and has loved it ever since!

Even I wasn't immune!  In fact, for a few months last year I was so into Urban Decay Naked Palette that I just wore it all the time!  I tried every combination possible.  What can I say... It's the most versatile eyeshadow palette since the beginning of time!  But then..., at some point, I was soo Nakeded-Out that I couldn't even see those palettes again.  Then I stopped...

When I heard that Urban Decay was about to launch the Naked 3 version last year, I was skeptical.  Another Naked Palette??  Do we really need to get "Naked" again??  

The answer is..... YES!!! We do, girlfriends!  

Aren't these babies so pretty???  Overall, the theme of this Naked 3 Palette is rosy gold.  Naked 1, on the other hand, is more of a warm gold, while Naked 2 is smokey grey.  The texture is smooth and buttery, and the color pay-off is also amazing!  I thought some of the light colors wouldn't show up on my skin tone, but they actually complemented it nicely.  This palette is a must have!

The look I created today using UD Naked Palette 3 is pretty simple.  I used only four shades in total: Strange for the brow bone, Buzz for the lid, Blackheart for the outer corner, and Darkside to blend all the colors together.  

Here are the steps to get this look:

1.  After applying the foundation (I used Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Luminous Foundation), define the eyebrows using Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown.  Then apply the Urban Decay Primer Potion as a base.

2.  Swipe "Strange" under the eyebrows to accentuate the brow bone and to give your face an instant lift.

3.  Apply "Rose" all over the lid using a small eyeshadow brush (I used the Sephora brush)

4.  Swipe "Blackheart" on the outer corner of the eye using an angled brush (I also used the Sephora angled eyeshadow brush)

5.  Blend everything out using a blending brush (I used Chanel brush #3).  I also patted "Darkside" in the outer corner to kind of soften the dark color a bit.  Keep blending until everything smoothes out.

6.  Clean up the under eye area using your favorite concealer.  My current can't-live-without is by Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen!  It also works as a highlighter.

7.  Create a sun-kissed effect on your skin using a very subtle bronzer. Make sure it isn't too far from your actual skin tone (I used Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel).  And top it off with a rosy blush (Mine is by Givenchy Le Prism Blush #23)

8.  Define the lips using a lip pencil by Mac in Boldly Bare and lipstick in Chanel Rouge Coco in Organdi Rose.

Voila, cherie!  You're all set!!  Here are the products I used for this look: 

That's not so bad, is it?  I think my Naked Palette obsession is starting all over again.  I can already see a few more cute combinations to get different looks.  I'll update you guys on this!

P.S. This is totally unrelated, but I just wanna share my favorite scent at the moment:

It's YSL Manifesto Fragrance.  On my skin, it smells like a light sweet vanilla with the heart of white flowers...  I truly love it!!

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope this is helpful... As always, if you have any questions, feel free to send me a buzz :)

 

Much much love,

Ambar


Manicure Monday with Julep Veronica

Julep is definitely one of my favorites!  I know... some of you are like... what the heck is Julep?  It's actually a subscription-based nail polish.  I had these two colors a while ago and just decided to put them on now since it's spring time!

I'm wearing a pinkish-coral nail polish called Veronica and a little bit of sparkle on my ring finger called Percy.  I would rate Veronica 5 stars for its easy breezy application and the color pay-off.  I'm basically done in one coat, which is amazing.  I would give Percy 3 stars because the formula is a little off for me.  It's gooey and sticky... which may be a bit off-putting for some people...  Overall, both are solid nail polishes, but Julep is definitely the one I would recommend!

What nail polish are you wearing today?  I would love to know...

 

xo,

Ambar