Ultra-Violet 1

Ok, so the trendy colour for this year — as The Word Of The Internet has declared through that weird abstract decision-maker that is Pantone Colour of the Year — will be Ultra-Violet. All in all, purples will be The Thing. Buckle up.

Albeit a very flattering colour on basically everyone, it’s not considered an “everyday colour” for many. So this is the perfect excuse for me to play with purple and bring you some ideas on how to wear it.

I’m planning a few iterations on purple combos, so keep your eyes peeled. Of course my weapon of choice will always be some smokey eye looks, but let’s just wait and see.

Also, if you’re interested, I can do a blog post with a run down of my purple collection (which is bigger than I anticipated, when I started opening up palettes)… let me know!

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Maybelline SuperStay — up close and poresonal

Happy new year!
Back into the swing of things, I’m starting off with one of my favourite videos to make: an Up Close and Poresonal on the Maybelline Super Stay Foundation.

It´s sort of been relaunched (some say it’s been reformulated), and there’s some buzz about it, so I got my hands on it and tried it on camera. Another great affordable find. Drugstore brands are making it hard to justify the high-end price tags, aren’t they?

If you want to know all about my 10 hour day with this foundation, just click play.

This foundation is widely available in your local drugstore (for us in Portugal, in supermarkets), and online through Feelunique.

Sephora sale haul

2017 favourites — skincare

oooh, I definitely saved the juiciest for last.
these were my skincare star products for this year, and I believe many will be on my routine for a long long time.

tried and tested by yours truly, I hope you enjoy my recommendations. make a good use out of any sales that show up online — that’s how I get most of my skincare. now don’t forget to share your favourites!

for now, I wish you happy holidays, stay warm, cozy, and stress-free, and I’ll see you in 2018!

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Huda Desert Dusk — four looks, one palette

this is one of the most talked about palettes on the interwebs at the moment (until the next must-have release). I had my eyes on it and, despite the steep price, the uniqueness of some of the shades was really intriguing me. I’m happy to say that I’m overall really impressed with this palette. it combines several unique shades, some more on-trend colours and just enough neutrals. it is what a high end palette should be, both in colour and finish variety as in quality: the mattes pack a punch and are easy to blend and build, the metallics are creamy and impactful, the duo-chrome toppers have a gorgeous effect. I’ll never be able to touch that glitter, though, it looks just too crumbly for me to fiddle with.

it is impressive how many different looks you can create with this palette, so I decided to use it today for four (maybe obvious but very beautiful) combinations. when you splash out your hard-earned money, it’s great to know you can make several quite different looks.

I’d say this is a going-out palette — despite giving you the ability to create softer looks, its strong suit is actually the vibrant shades and finishes, and the versatility you can achieve with some quite unique combinations.
yes, I know, the video is long. but come on! it’s four looks for your autumn menu.

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a green day — autumn looks

another tutorial for you, this time venturing into the green eyeshadow, which is something I do not tend to wear.

I got a lot of inspiration from Max Manaphany’s makeup (RuPaul season 7), although I wanted to make it a bit more every-day friendly.

For more edgy-editorial purposes I paired it with a very cool toned lip option, and then a more peachy simples lipstick.

For this eye look, you’ll need a couple of your neutrals (best if on the cooler toned side), a strong metallic green and a deep deep dark brown, black eye pencil and mascara.

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