Cosmic..take 2

So, after an unproductive couple of days, feeling grumpy and uninspired, today was a pleasant breath of fresh air. I don’t know if the baking did it, or it was the sun outside shining all day…but my desire to create makeup was revived ๐Ÿ™‚ Hallelujah!!!

I mentioned the baking…I have told you before that another passion of mine is making desserts. At one point last year (the most stressful last year of my PhD), I was baking cakes every weekend, sometimes also during the week. It became an obsession, my way out of my own head..a world of tastes, textures, colours and intricate new techniques. I loved it! However, me not being much of a sweet tooth, and the only other resident of the house being my hubby…meant that he was constantly stuffed with cakes, pies, muffins, etc. Of course every now and then I brought them to others, but the madness had to stop. So, now I bake less often, only for occasions. This evening, a friend is visiting – an excellent excuse to try a new dessert from my Chocolate Bible recipe book. I made a chocolate cake with cocos cream filling:

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If you are interested in the recipe, let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyhow, afterwards I decided to get on with the makeup. I have not idea why exactly but I felt like I wasn’t really done with the Cosmic look, so I did another take of. I used a lot of the same products, added a few others, but placed most of them in a different manner. Only Cosmic Blue retained its original location on the moving lid.

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And now without falsies:

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I wanted a lot more glitter in the centre this time, more darkness, and more space for Cosmic Violet to really shine. You can see that despite the common denominator, the name, this look is nothing like its predecessor.

What I used for Cosmic take 2:

  • Essence I love stage e/s base
  • Ben Nye pigment Cosmic Violet
  • Ben Nye pigment Cosmic Blue
  • Benย Nye pigment Sun Yellow
  • Essenceย colour art pigment Black Sparrow
  • Essenceย colour art pigment Be my Brightsmaid
  • Sleek Ultra Mattes V2 Darks palette
  • Essence crystal eyeliner Black Star
  • Essence crystal eyeliner Flashy Aqua
  • Catrice gel liner Black Jack with Goldie Hawn
  • Max Factor kohl pencil black
  • Maxย Factor Wild Mega Volume volumising mascara

What do you guys think? Which Cosmic look do you like better, take oneย or take two?

XoXo

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Cosmic…

Hello lovely people!

Apologies for the quietness around here…I am feeling quite moody lately, and even though I am doing some makeup looks, it’s just a bit blah ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I can’t find a better word to describe my state of mind at the moment, so “blah” will have to do.

The look I would like to show you here is actually from Monday, but my inspiration that day was completely absent so I never finished the blogpost. Let’s try again!

I called the look Cosmic for two reasons: firstly, it was inspired by the names of the pigments I used to create it, Ben Nye’s Cosmic Violet and Cosmic Blue, and secondly, because of “Gravity”. Gravity is the newest movie by Alfonso Cuaron. You may know him as the director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, but to me he will always be the creator of another movie masterpiece…namely, an adaptation of The Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. It remains among my most favourite movies of all time…

I will not tell you much more about Gravity than it is a beautiful movie set in space, which is worth a few hours of your life. It has great visuals, a good story, sets the mood right from the beginning and takes you on an engaging trip…I enjoyed absolutely every second of it! I hope you have, or will, too ๐Ÿ™‚

But back to the makeup…apart from the aforementioned reasons, nothing else about this look was really all that space related. Maybe the glitter could be interpreted as stars…

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Cosmic Blue is such a wonderfully blue vibrant pigment, and it looks so fabulous on brown eyes. To think that I have used it only once before…shameful really!

I was hesitant whether I wanted to wing a black liner but eventually went for the sparkles instead…maybe deep down I was going for a cosmic look, with stars, after all hehe.

Full list of products used:

  • Essence I love stage e/s base
  • Ben Nye pigment Cosmic Violet
  • Ben Nye pigment Cosmic Blue
  • MUG e/s Unexpected
  • MUG e/s Beaches and Cream
  • MUG e/s Shimma Shimma
  • Essence colour art pigment Black Sparrow
  • Max Factor kohl pencil black
  • Essence crystal eyeliner Black Star
  • Essence crystal eyeliner Flashy Aqua
  • Maxย Factor Wild Mega Volume volumising mascara (I stick to my word, this is a great product!)

Do you have those days when your inspiration seems to have taken off on holiday, and you doubt everything you do, or end up loathing most of it? If so, tell me how you get your mojo back?

How do you like my Cosmic look? I would love to know ๐Ÿ™‚

Teal and Blue look with Sleek Ultra Mattes V2 Darks palette

Hello dear people!

I would like to start this blog post off topic by telling you that today I fell in love…(imagine hearts floating in my brain, deep sighs, and even more sighs)…Not with my husband, or the cat. I have been in love with them for a while now so that wouldn’t really qualify as news.

I saw a review on youtube of the new Urban Decay Vice 2 palette – my heartbeat increased, my pupils dilated and my hands started itching really badly to reach for my credit card. Then I remembered that UD is a bit off limits these days: no Sephora, no international shipping from UD website itself…Given how fast I went from seeing the palette to wanting it, I consider that a positive thing. If you want to see how insanely awesome the Vice 2 palette is, click here.

Don’t blame me, if your hands start itching too! Blame Urban Decay and their gorgeous products ๐Ÿ˜›

But back to mu own makeup…

Today was blue…not that I was feeling blue, but it just so happened that I used a lot of blue-coloured products. ย Also, I again used theย Sleek Ultra Mattes V2 Darks palette. I am surprised how much I like it, an unexpected turn of events ๐Ÿ™‚

There is a really pretty teal-blue e/s in this palette and I still had not given it a try. Until today…

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I combined the teal on the lid with the dark blue e/s on the lower lash line and sprinkled some glitter there too. Just a little bit, for a pop of sparkle ๐Ÿ™‚

Full list of products used:

  • Essence I love stage e/s base
  • Sleek Ultra Mattes V2 Darks palette
  • MUG e/s Mango Tango
  • MUG e/s Shimma Shimma
  • Essence colour art pigment Be My Brightsmaid
  • Essence crystal eyeliner Flashy Aqua
  • Catrice Glamour Doll volume mascara

I hope you like this look ๐Ÿ™‚ And, also, did you already check out the Vice 2 palette, are you in love too? Let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

XoXo