Monthly Archives: February 2015

2015-02-19 13.05.06

#MakeUpCrush: Put your best face forward

Us beauty/make-up/fashion bloggers live to try out different things be it skincare products, outfit styles but also make up looks! That’s just want we thrive on. However there are times when ‘experimenting’ with something new is just out of question. This could be an important work meeting/event, a night out with your bestie, a date etc… and on these occasions you wanna make sure you look your absolute BEST!

Well, I, too have my ‘perfect face kit’ and that’s the one I bring on when I need to be 100% confident that I look good.

So what’s in the kit? Let’s dive in:

– To make sure my foundation stays put all day/night, I use the Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Primer

– I find the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet gives me the best coverage yet looks so natural. I love love love it! Applied with my Inglot Pro Blending Sponge, it’s quick, easy and fool-proof

– To conver/brighten the under eye area, I like to apply a little Maybelline FitME Concealer

– I did prep my eyelids to make sure my shadow stays on and here I’ve used a sample of the Urban Decay Long-lasting Eyeshadow Primer and it is fab!

– Onto brows: Of course, it has got to be the Mac Eye Brows Pencil in ‘Spike’. This one I only use in the evening and I find it isn’t ‘natural-looking’ enough for daytime.

– On the eyes, I made up a quick smoky-look using my beloved Urban Decay Naked 2 palette: 1. Foxy all over the lid to prep and unify the base shade 2. YDK on the mobile part of the lid 3. Busted in the crease to give the eye definition and 4. Half Baked in the inner tear duck to brighten everything up

– Lashes were of course curled with my MAC Full Lash Curler and I applied 2 x coats of the Sephora Outrageous Volume mascara in black. I also like to apply a tiny bit of the Dior Addict It-Lash mascara in 872 (the flashy pink one!) at the end of the lashes to give the whole look a little ‘funky’ twist and add a touch of fun!

– I contoured my face (slightly!) with the Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette. I especially love the blush

– Since I went for a bit of a dramatic eye look, I kept the lips natural and just carried my clear Labello Hydra Care balm.

And voila! The ‘perfect’ face kit, Carine’s way! The whole thing took me about 20 mins so not too bad!!

What are your fail-proof make-up items?!

2015-02-14 17.38.20

#BeautyCrush: Wake up to beautiful skin!

We all know our skin is at its most reception when it’s asleep. Well brands know it too and were quick to introduce products that promise smooth & even skin by the time you open your eyes the next day!

I, too, jumped on that bandwagon and decided to give moisturising overnight masks a test run. I picked 2 of them. The first one, the Origins Drink-Up Intensive Overnight Mask which seems to be the most blogged about and then, The FaceShop Seaweed Moisturizing Pack. Here are my thoughts! Read on:

Origins Drink-Up Intensive Overnight Mask, GBP23

As mentioned, the Origins mask is one of the most famous ones when it comes to overnight moisturising masks. I read tons of review on it and for the most part they were really good ones!  To have tried it over a few months, I can say that I really like it! It makes your skin sooo soft and radiant. It is however super rich and it does leave you with a shiny sticky face. It’s not so much of an issue though but just saying!

TheFaceShop Seaweed Moisturizing Pack

A recent discovery this mask is my favourite of the two. A light gel-like texture that does not leave me shining like a disco ball, it still deeply hydrates my skin and I usually wake up to evened, smoothed out tone! A cheaper alternative too!

Have you tried any overnight masks? Which ones! Tell me all :)

2015-01-26 09.19.33

#MakeUpCrush: Get Naked… On The Run!

Yeah well my obsession with make-up palettes knows no limit! When I was in France over the holidays, I of course had to pay a little visit to my local Sephora and bam! Here it was, looking so pretty!

I had to get my hands on Urban Decay‘s newbie the Naked On The Run palette and I LOVE IT!

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It contains all that you need to create the most amazing looks in the one, beautiful designed pack. A travel-size version of the new Perversion mascara (AMAZING!), a mini 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil in Stag (super easy to use and long-lasting), a travel-size lipgloss in Sesso (looks fab on anyone!), 5 gorgeous eyeshadow shades (none of them are in the Naked 1, 2 or 3 palettes which is great), 1 all-over eyelid shade, a bronzer and a blush. Short of applying it all for you, it is quite the complete set!

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If I am going away for a couple of days then that’s my make-up sorted! Each shadow is designed to work perfectly with the others. They are so easy to apply and blend in. The packaging is also really pretty! It even has a huge mirror for on the go application ;).

The only thing that’s missing, a little brush to apply it all but hey, can’t have it all now can we!

The Naked On The Run palette can be found in Sephora (Dubai Mall, MoE, Dubai Marina) and of course, online.

Bought any palettes recently? Tell me all!