I’ve been dabbling in a little bit of this and that. Mostly work as there is just so much to read. I sometimes wish I was a Shape Shifter from Fringe – now those guys are cool because they have hard disks which they use to load information into themselves. The mechanism is a bit gory so I won’t go into details there. But, imagine not needing to read anything anymore – just load the information. Totally nifty 🙂
I’ve been trying out a few of the items from last week’s “haul”. I’m in love with those things as it’s so difficult to get most of them here, let alone at a reasonable price. I normally don’t like to write negative stuff on my blog because the last thing I want is to have somebody read it and feel unhappy. Nevertheless I must admit that the range and variety available in this city leaves a lot to be desired. But, it has been improving. Three years ago, there were so many ingredients I could not find at the grocery stores. These days, it is actually possible to find milk powder, Sodium Bicarbonate, Japanese Plum Vinegar, Hoisin sauce, Frozen Char Siu Paus, etc..so I have hope that the variety will improve in other departments as well.
We can’t always have everything we want, can we 🙂
So this is the bag I bought online and sent it to a friend, then the bf picked it up when he was traveling. It’s a Kate Spade Cheltenham Hobo. I love non-black bags but I usually end up buying black bags all the time. This coffee brown, leather bag is so nice. The leather is very soft yet scratch-proof. I got a 60% discount on the bag so I think it was a steal. It’s a great work bag as it can fit a lot of my junk 🙂 It’s also cross body so I always have my hands free.
Speaking of browns, I recently experimented with a brown eyeshadow look. You know that look a lot of models on magazines wear? It’s a classic dark brown look that goes with any blush and any lipstick, but it makes your eyes look more defined?
I don’t really know if it is a brown smokey eye. My knowledge on makeup is limited and I definitely do not resemble a model 🙂
But here is my attempt. It’s a contrast enhanced photo to show the combination I was trying to achieve.
Here’s a list of products I used:
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Original)
- MAC Below Ground Greasepaint Stick (as a base colour)
- MAC Chocolate Brown Pigment (inner lid)
- MAC Deep Purple Pigment (outer lid)
- Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil in Wasteland (crease)
- MAC Patina Eyeshadow (inner corner of the eye)
- MAC Smolder Kohl Pencil (upper lashline and outer part of lower lashline)
- MAC Orpheus Kohl Power Pencil (lower lashline)
- Becca Damselfly Mineral Blush
The following are the steps I used:
- Apply the eyeshadow primer onto clean, moisturized eyes.
- Pat the base (the Greasepaint stick, in this case) onto the eyelids and blend with a fluffy brush like MAC 217. The 217 is a wonderful brush that evenly spreads eyeshadow and creamy bases.
- Using a flat brush like MAC 239, pat on the Chocolate Brown pigment on the inner half of the lid. I applied mine a little bit more towards the outer corner to create a bit of a gradient.
- Using a flat brush, again, pat the Deep Purple pigment on the outer half of the lid.
- Draw a thick line in the crease with the Wasteland Shadow Pencil. Immediately blend it with the 217 brush as this pencil sets very fast. I’d recommend doing one eye at a time.
- Using a pencil brush like MAC 219, pat on Patina on the inner corners of your eyes. Blend with the same brush.
- Finish with the eyeliners and mascara and you are good to go.
- I usually clean up the edges with a cotton bud and blend around the eyeshadow corners with MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder or Mineralize Skin Finish Natural to soften the look.