Snow White’s Wedding

Last weekend I was approached by a rather curious proposal that came from a very unlikely source, Lover.ly. Lover.ly is a site that aims to make wedding planning simple – and fun. I have to say I know nothing of wedding planning, I’ve never had to do it and to be honest, I’m not much of a planner to begin with. I always want everything to happen as soon as I get the idea for them, so planning a wedding event for like a year or two in advance seems crazy to me, but I think I’m in the minority in this. From what I’ve heard and seen (mostly on US TV), wedding planning is often far from easy and simple – or fun. It’s often a very stressful time for everyone involved, so I’m glad that Lover.ly is working on making the whole process a bit less of a hassle.

I would say that the biggest wedding-related hassle for most brides-to-be must be picking the right dress. After all, you will be seen in that dress in front of everyone on a day that is mostly about you. Honestly, nobody seems to pay that much attention to the grooms at weddings, perhaps because their attire is always pretty similar! Wedding gowns however… they are the deal. When Lover.ly suggested I would combine a dress with a makeup look for a wedding, my first instinct was “Why me?! I know nothing of weddings, dresses or makeup?!”, though I guess I know a bit about makeup. However… after I sat on the thought for a brief moment (again with my instant action), I realized it could be quite fun to challenge myself with something like this.

When I headed over to Lover.ly to look at the dresses featured, I was overwhelmed again and wondered what did I get myself into. For a while, I had no idea what sort of a dress I could want for the look, until… it hit me! Snow White. When I got married, 7 years ago, I basically picked the first dress that was about the right fit without need for alterations or anything. I actually did not want a wedding dress at all, but at the time, in my little town, there was nothing beautiful and plus size that didn’t seem matronly. The dress I ended up with I did love, even though it did give me a slight cream-cake like appearance, in my opinion. When I wore the dress, people kept saying I looked like Snow White, even though my hair was red. Something about my dress reminded everyone of the Disney Princess! My own dress was off the shoulder, white with deep red detailing. The neckline was entirely adorned with small red and white roses, which were also scattered throughout the flowing part of my dress. It had a slight corset to it and it went along my own natural waist line. It was very beautiful! Not the dress I would choose now, but beautiful none the less. Now, I chose the dress I would actually wear, if I had the chance to do it all over again!

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(click the image to go to Lover.ly, where this dress is featured!)

This dress spoke to me. This Monique Lhuillier dress is described as being ivory silk organza illusion neckline gown with natural waist, long sleeves and embroidered lace overlay. It is a rather formal wedding dress, but at the same time, there’s a certain winter-y lightness to it, due to the see-through bits that I find it versatile enough for many types of wedding. I love the belt detail at the natural waist, something that I personally would like to highlight, since I do actually have a waist. I like the cut of the dress, I think it could be flattering for many body types. The sheerness gives it lightness, the lace gives it intrigue and the sleeves and high neckline add a bit of modesty and vintage charm. It’s a dress of many dimensions, just like a woman has. At least I do! I would actually use that veil too, it is quite lovely and simple.

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(click on the image to view the products on Polyvore)

As far as the hair goes, I would, if there were enough length in the bride’s hair, style it on a low, but rather full bun, allowing for the dress and the bride’s happiness to shine through! I would also add red shoes to the look for a “secret” pop of color underneath the dress. I chose two styles, ballerinas and little t-strap heels that would be comfortable enough for a bit of dancing as well. For the sake of the theme I chose, I also included a Valentino purse, because it would be the perfect choice for Snow White’s perfect day. Personally, I would opt for fake leather where I can, but of course, that is entirely up to the bride!

And then the makeup! This was an easy one! I wanted to choose products that would be both available in several countries (if not physically, at least through ordering online) and cruelty free. NYX is a very affordable, cruelty free brand with a wide range of products, so I would go with it – after all, weddings can be an expensive affair already, why blow a thousand dollars on makeup too? This look I chose can be modified to suit various skin tones. You don’t have to be as pasty white as Snow White herself to pull this look off! If you have very dark skin, I would swap the blush color I chose for something closer to your natural skin tone and same goes for the eyeshadow. The main focus of the look is on the red pout, for which I chose NYX Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo, which is a lovely red shade, perhaps a hint cool. If you need or want to use a lip liner, don’t hesitate to use it!
I would apply the blush very lightly on the apples of your cheeks and skip the bronzer – the look is about slightly enhanced natural beauty with the lips taking the main stage. I picked a slightly pink neutral matte eyeshadow that will just nicely even out the color of the eyelid and offer a good platform for nice black gel eyeliner. I would line the upper lash line thinly from the inner corner of the eye, making the line thicker as you head for the outer corner. If you want, you could make it a modest wing. Use a good couple of coats of your favorite, trustworthy mascara and you’re good to go.

If you feel like it, you can of course add to the look what you want / need, such as highlighters, primers, foundations, powders, etc. If you want and dare to, combine your dress with some red jewelry, such as the Carmen -line from Finnish brand Kalevalakoru. I wore the Carmen pendant in my wedding! They do deliver abroad – I should know, my husband ordered my necklace all the way to USA when I was visiting him!

I do hope you enjoy this little look I created and perhaps even got an idea for an upcoming wedding of yours! For me, this was a fun challenge and a delightful break to my usual routines.

PS. For a scent, I could recommend the Victoria’s Secret “Enchanted Apple” – it would go with the theme…

Makeup Monday – Heather Day

Products used for this look

Products used for this look

After wearing nothing but IsaDora’s Coffee & Poetry -collection for over a week, I thought I’d do a Lumene / Lumene Natural Code look for a change. I did have to grab the IsaDora Eyebrow Styler in Light Brown as it’s my go-to eyebrow product (and absolutely amazing at that). Otherwise, the look is done entirely with Lumene and Lumene Natural Code products. For mascara, I used Lumene Cloudberry Volume Serum Mascara in Black, which I haven’t written about before, but I have used it for a while and I like it quite a bit. In my opinion, it doesn’t give a huge boost to volume, but gives you that “your lashes, but better” -look I really like. It’s also long lasting, which is a plus. For base, I used the Lumene Hydra Drops Moisturizing Foundation in Vanilla Beige that I recently reviewed. I’ve used it as my base for a couple of weeks now actually! I powdered some of my face with the well worn Lumene 6-in-1 Color Correcting Powder in Light/Medium, which I mentioned ages ago. The Lumene Raspberry Miracle Lipstick in 04 Heather Day doubled as blush and lipstick today – something I like to do now and then with my lipsticks. For under the eyes I used Lumene Beauty Base Dark Under Eye Concealer which is a slightly peachy shade that does offer a good amount of coverage for the eye area. While I don’t suffer from really dark under eye area, it gives a bit of brightness to the area, which helps when you’re stuck wearing eyeglasses. For a bit of lining and tightlining I used Lumene Sensitive Touch Automatic Eyeliner in Deep Black. My eyeshadow of choice was the beautiful Lumene Natural Code Eye Dramatizer Trio Eyeshadow in 6 Smoky, that I had completely managed to forget I had! I had also forgotten how beautifully pigmented it is… and managed to fall in love with that silvery hue all over again!

The first two pictures are taken with my camera and the second two were taken with my phone. My hair was a bit of a poofy mess, but that’s mostly because I had just returned from walking the dog in 99% humidity…

Do you like the look?

PS. All of the products used are cruelty free!

Makeup Monday : Coffee & Poetry eye makeup, 1

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Yesterday, I dug my hands into the beautiful IsaDora Coffee & Poetry eyeshadow palette for the first time and… it’s even better than I imagined. The colors are so pigmented and so creamy… so gorgeous. I think IsaDora has upgraded their eyeshadows, because the previous IsaDora quad I had didn’t impress me all that much, though their baked eyeshadows have also been extremely good. Anyway, please excuse my tired and sick face (it’s red and my pores are very obvious as I skipped primer) and just look at all the pretty colors! Pink Pashmina lipstick (pictures) is also shaping up to be my ideal nude. It’s almost the shade my lips are naturally, just a bit more cold and pink.

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As for foundation, I used my new Lumene moisturizing foundation, which I picked up in a state of emergency when heading over to my mom’s a week ago and I forgot my brushes for my mineral makeup. My skin isn’t exactly dry, so the foundation (as great as it is) is not exactly the best match for my skin, though the tone is just right and I really enjoy the feel of it! For the eyebrows I used my new IsaDora purchase, Eyebrow Styler in Light Brown, though if you ask me, there’s nothing light about that shade of brown, but it does work excellently for me! It very quickly tames my thick, unruly brows and evens them out with a bit of color. For the lashes, I used IsaDora’s All Day Long Lash, which is probably still my number one when it comes to mascaras. Tough act to follow!

I used the eyeshadows very lightly as I was just going out for some grocery shopping and casual dinner with the husband. I used all of the shades, except for the one that’s the most brown. I’m absolutely in love with the reddish brown shade in the palette. It’s so pigmented and beautiful and the color is unlike anything I’ve ever had. Mmm! No tightlining this time either as my eyes very feeling very tired and runny anyways.

How do you like it?

Makeup Monday : Lumene Arctic Sun Bronzer

Lumene Arctic Sun Bronzer

I’m a bit of a newbie when it comes to bronzer. The first time ever that I used bronzer was when my makeup was done for me a bit over a year ago by a professional who was showing me the Bare Minerals makeups. Up until then, I had thought bronzer was only for those who were already naturally equipped with a skintone that of J-Lo’s, not us pasty white Patsys like me! I had been terribly afraid of bronzers, convinced that they would make me look like I have dirt stripes on my face – or a really bad case of fake tan face paired with milky white neck. Yuk.

Though the professional makeup artist was able to bring my skin from pasty to healthy with the help of bronzer, I still couldn’t seem to replicate the same look at home. I always ended up with giant brown blotches on my cheeks even though I was sure I was going easy on the stuff. It wasn’t until recently that I realized that my bad experiences with bronzer were simply because I had not found the One for me.

When the last LivBox revealed a Lumene Arctic Sun Bronzer amongst its beauty goods, I was positively giddy. The Lumene bronzer was something I had already been eyeing for a while, even nearly bought it once or twice, but I had still been doubtful to commit, due to my past experiences. A quick sampling of the bronzer instantly left me pleasantly surprised! The bronzer wasn’t very dark, but it wasn’t lacking in pigmentation either. It was quite matte and quite subtle and I had a really good feeling about it right then and there!

This bronzer is a perfect match for my light skin. It’s not too brown, it’s not too orange, it’s almost a bit peachy in hue. It gives me a really nice, just slightly sun-kissed look when applied with a large, fluffy brush. It has just the right amount of pigment to make sure I won’t end up overdoing it, but I also don’t have to cake it on. The packaging of the product is very simple, navy blue container with a see-through lid that has a golden rim. It doesn’t look all that expensive, but it’s certainly better than their old containers which were the navy blue, oddly-shaped boxes with plain clear lids and simple LUMENE text on top. It does do a good job displaying the beautiful wavy pattern on the bronzer though!

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Lumene Arctic Sun Bronzer 1 Fresh Day (10g / 14,90 €) (Not necessarily available all around the world.)

Packaging: Simple, feels reasonably durable, doesn’t look expensive, but the bronzer’s lovely wavy pattern is shown well.

Scent: The product is unscented.

Pigment: Perfectly natural-looking, slightly peachy bronzer with a good amount of pigment (yet not so much that you can easily over do it).

How does it work: You don’t need to use a very heavy hand with this product as there’s loads of pigment and the texture is quite soft and easily blendable. Gives even my kind of a pale skin a nice sun-kissed look. The bronzed effect seems to last all day (8-10+ hours) for me without a need to reapply.

Who would I recommend to: Anyone who has a fairly pale to light-medium skin tone, most likely. Anyone looking for a peachy bronzer.

Would I repurchase: After now trying it, yes, I think I would repurchase! The price isn’t bad at all and I really feel like this is a high quality product.

Here I have used the bronzer (along with MUA’s blusher in Lolly) as a part of my last Saturday’s makeup look:

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I haven’t done much in terms of makeup in ages. I’ve been stuck in a rut and I haven’t had much interest in getting out of it. However, I think the summer is starting to get to me. The colorful days and the sunshine. I ended up digging out one of my older eye shadow palettes, the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Quad in Tropical Tutu. The quad has, as the name suggests, 4 colors, but I have never used them all in one look. The shades are softly shimmery white, coral/orange, yellow-green and turquoise-blue and they do have a decent amount of pigment to them. L’Oréal always has good eye shadows, but, of course, I no longer buy their products. I have been on the lookout for a colorful palette as of late, but haven’t quite made up my mind yet. I would need one that I can also use wet for lining my eyes with, so if you can recommend one, please let me know!

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Anyway, I decided to go wild and use all of the four shades in my look. I actually followed the suggestion on the quad as to where to apply what shade. First, I applied the white softly onto my browbone with a bit of a nervous hand, because I normally stay clear of my browbone…. not sure why. Soft and subtle application turned out alright though, in my opinion. I’m so pale that the white pretty much was my skintone… hah. Next, I applied the coral shade onto the inner corners of my eyes, blending towards the center of the eye and up. I would say I covered about 1/3 of the eye with that hue. Next I took the green hue and used it on the rest of the lid, blending upwards and slightly out. After the green I took the turquoise / blue shade and a brush meant for eyebrows and/or eye lining and applied the turquoise along the lashline approximately 1/3 of the outer part of the eye. I also applied some lightly under the eye.

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I actually wore this look to work (we have a very casual office AND my eyeglasses mask my eyes a bit), boldly, if I may add. I decided not to line my upper lash line with anything, since I don’t own a liquid liner and I didn’t want the look to be really defined and strong. I applied one coat of Isadora All Day Long Lash Mascara and some eyebrow jumbo pen from KICKS onto my eyebrows. As far as the rest of the makeup goes, I used my Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation in Porcelain and BareMinerals bronzer (lightly). For lips I used Isadora Twist-Up Gloss Stick in Sorbet for the most natural look. I wanted all the focus to be on the eyes. All in all, I think I did pretty good, considering I have to do my makeup “half-blind” thanks to my -6.50 prescription. (I literally see well about 15 cm (about 5.9 inches) in front of me and only blurry mess from there on.)

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What do you think? Would you like to see me (attempt to) do more makeup looks?

PS. It’s weird to see your eyes in those giant close-up pictures!

Workday makeup rut

I’ve been pretty silent here on blog lately as you may have noticed. At work, it’s the busiest time of the year right now and I admit that I’ve neglected a few things out of sheer tiredness. One of those things is makeup. I do my makeup, sure, but I’m noticing that I’ve been kind of stuck in a rut and doing something I can’t recall ever doing before – doing the same face every day. Usually I experiment freely with new eye shadows and lipsticks and what have you, regardless of the day of the week and on most days I do a different eye makeup just according to my mood. Lately though, I’ve been having such a hard time getting up in the morning that I keep reaching for the same few items on a daily basis. When I come to think of it, it’s actually kind of a good thing to be stuck in a rut.

For one, the time it takes for me to get ready has been pretty much cut in half in terms of makeup because I know what I need and I know what I’m putting on as soon as I have finished applying my moisturizer and I can just get going. I’ve also kind of found my easy, everyday look that can be easily modified by adding or subtracting a bold lip.

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Here’s what I’ve been using:

  • BB cream (The Body Shop Flawless BB Cream in 01)
  • Powder (Lumene CC 6-in-1 in Fair / Medium)
  • Bronzer (Maybelline Dream Sun Bronzer)
  • Blush (Makeup Academy Blusher in Cupcake)
  • Black eyeliner (Lumene Sensitive Touch Automatic Eyeliner)
  • Black mascara (Isadora All Day Long Lash)
  • Lipstick / lip gloss (Makeup Academy Lipstick 04)

And yes, I have learned to use a very light bronzer (which smells kind of like old lady makeup) and realized that it actually works for me – when it’s light enough. I have also been skipping the primer, because I find that under a BB cream it just kind of tends to slip away anyway. As much as I love a mineral base, the fact is that BB cream is just a whole lot quicker to apply since you can do it by simply using your fingers. I also really do like this BB cream – it works well now that my skin needs very little covering up. I have generally skipped doing my eyebrows to save some time and I skipped them for the purposes of these pictures as well. I like to use the black eyeliner for tight lining my upper lash line / eyelid as well, it really makes the eyes stand out, which is important to me because of my very strong prescription.

Usually my look is pretty much like this:

Strong black liner and mascara for the eyes and pretty neutral lips. Somehow the eyeliner just makes me look nicely polished – and this Lumene one just stays put really well and it’s a great, intense black, almost could pass for a liquid liner. Really easy for me to apply too as it almost applies itself. I don’t know how I survived without this eyeliner, but it has certainly become my favorite one.

Do you have an everyday makeup look that you keep going for on a daily basis or do you like to switch it around?