Archive for 2011


I just wanted to apologize for my lack of posts lately. I was in the states, then when I returned home I got EXTREMELY sick and I'm still trying to fight that off. because of that I haven't been wearing much makeup at all, and infact haven't put anything on my face in multiple days. I am uploading a backlog of videos though, so check out my youtube!

My Nail Polish Collection!

This is going to be an extremely picture heavy post. After spending most of my Sunday swatching and photographing my ENTIRE nailpolish collection, I first have photos of the polishes. I grouped them by brand, with the leftovers all photographed together. You guys have seen all my Models Own collection, so I won't include those photos again.


NARS Galion and Night Rider


Zoya Jo, Julieanne, Lolly, Dovima, Pandora

to see the rest of my collection, click the jump!

30 Days of Questions- more catch ups :)

so, since I was without internet during my entire trip (both a blessing and a curse) I am going to take some time and catch up on the questions.

6. Do you like/wear false lashes? If yes, strip or individual?
I actually recently got really into false lashes. I had always admired the lines of beauties, and wore them quite a few times to school dances, always expertly applied by a MUA. I included a picture below of my favorite pair, a lovely feathered pair by Makeup Forever. After being terrified for as long as I could remember, I finally got the hang of it, and wear them quite often. My favorites are Shu Uemura Smokey Layers, MAC 1 and 20. 


7. Favourite eye shadow color?
If I was to choose a single color, to use for the rest of my life, MAC Grand Entrance. Its the absolutely perfect shimmering champagne color that I just adore and have used up an entire pan of :) 

8. What's your favourite daytime look?
It varies every day! Right now I'm really enjoying MAC Sumptuous Olive, Bronze, and Humid with Pearlglide Intense Liner in Lord It Up, Benefit's They're Real Mascara,  a little MAC Warm Soul Blush and a tad of Chanel Glossimer in 86

9. Picture of your makeup collection? (I'm skipping this for now, pictures to come)

10. Favourite makeup brush?
Right now? My Sigma F80. I have sung its praises multiple times and it makes putting on foundations a breeze. I also love the F84 and use it for my thicker BB creams. 

11. Do you like wearing bronzer?
I have long subscribed to the cult of NARS Laguna, and I own quite a few others (MAC Golden, Hoola, and a couple drug stores) 

I will try and keep up with these :) 


Awful blogger... and an Update!

So, I am back from vacation, (where I had extremely little to NO internet) and thought that I would show a Fall FOTD.

I took all my makeup with me, but found myself using only my Becca Luminous skin tint, a little mascara,  and Becca Beach Tint on my lips and cheeks.

On my youtube over the next couple of weeks I am going to be doing a top 5 series. So far I have my 5 favorite blushes, cream blushes, eyeshadows, cream shadows, foundation, eye palettes, concealers, lipsticks and lip glosses. I figured it would be a fun little series to do :)

in other news: here is my FOTD. I will film a tutorial on it hopefully tomorrow.



30 Questions in 30 Days- Catch Up!

So, unexplained illness, paired with sleeping nearly all day has led to me not being as good about posting, so I thought I would do a catch up post :) so here are questions 2-5

2. How did you learn to put on makeup?
I started by watching my mom, who has always been as interested in makeup as I am. My good friend Lindy, who is an unbelievable makeup artist and one of my role models played an insurmountable role in not only my skills in applying makeup, but also my love of makeup. 

3. Favourite brand?
I feel as if my taste in makeup is slowly evolving, where a year ago it would have been MAC hands down, I find myself being much more drawn to Guerlain and Chanel, although my love for Laura Mercier started young. If I had to pick one brand, to use exclusively, I would say Guerlain, because I love all parts of the brand, with Chanel coming in right behind. 

4. Do you like wearing foundation? If so, what's your color and favourite?
I love wearing foundation! I would say my favorites are Laura Mercier Moisturizing Foundation in Warm Ivory, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in a custom mix of BR10 and BR40, Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in Shade 1

I have very odd coloring to my skin. I am technically pink based (I wear MAC NW shades) but since I have so much redness from being so pale and having dry skin, I like to wear more neutral to warm shades to cancel that out and match my neck, which is definitely more warm. 

 5. Favourite lipstick, lip gloss and lip liner?
If I had to pick one of each: Guerlain Kiss Kiss Rose Ingenue 573, Chanel Glossimer in Meteore #128, NYX lip liner in Pale Pink 

so there you have it! I will try to get back on schedule with these, and I'm going to try and get everything ready to auto post as I will be on the beautiful Island of Crete, Greece next week :)


Lipstick Tag!

This is originally from Beauty's Bad Habit here but I thought it would be great because I have a huge obsession with lip products. Check back tomorrow for the my answers regarding lipgloss!

How many lipsticks do you have?
138 (this is definitely about 10 times more than I need)

What was the first ever lipstick you bought?
I'm fairly sure it was a very light pink Estee Lauder 

What is your newest lipstick?
The Models Own from my recent haul

What is your favourite lipstick brand?
I would have to say Guerlain, because the packaging and quality is unbeatable, followed by YSL, and MAC

Favourite pink?
NARS Carthage, YSL Rouge Volupte 27, MAC Angel and Creme D'Nude, Tom Ford Pink Dusk

Favourite nude?
Guerlian Kiss Kiss in Rose Ingenue or Tom Ford in Blush Nude

Favourite peach/ coral?
Tom Ford True Coral, MAC Ever Hip, 
YSL Rouge Volupte 13 and 26, MAC Sheen Supreme Gotta Dash!

Favourite red?
NARS Jungle Red lip liner for a matte lip, or with a little balm over the top! 

Favourite unusual shade?
Probably MAC Black Knight, or Fashion Mews/ Lavender Whip

Favourite dark shade?
MAC Media, Guerlain Gigilo, NARS Volga Pure Matte-- how could I pick one?

Favourite texture/ finish?
Right now? Glossy sheer mositursing, although I love a good, longwearing creamy matte come fall and winter. I tend to stray away from glitter, although that was not always the case.  

 Other favourites?

Guerlain Rouge Automatique 140, MAC Beigeland, MAC Freshbrew, MAC Love Dust, Guerlain Rouge G Gemma, YSL Pure Shines in general, MAC Blooming Lovely (can you tell I love me some lipstick)

like I said, check back tomorrow for the same survey, lipgloss addition! I will also try and photograph and swatch all the lipsticks mentioned!

also- I PROMISE MO nail swatches are coming, its just quite a HUGE undertaking!

xx theblondeandthebeauty

*Giveaway* 10 Models Own Polishes of your choice!

OK- so in order to be eligible you must leave your comment on the VIDEO below.

here are the rules:

*open worldwide except where nail polish is not allowed to be imported*

1. subscribe to my youtube channel!
2, follow my blog and let me know what you follow under in the comments on the VIDEO
3. Tell me in the comments which 9 polishes you would like to receive

you have until October 9th to enter!

Polishes to choose from:

Purple Haze, Scarlet Sparkle, Silver Fox, Magenta Pearl, Gold Rush, Slate Grey, Lemon Meringue, Top Turquoise, Betty Blue, Purple Grey, Becca's Brown, Gold Digger

good luck to everyone! Here is a picture of the polishes up for grabs!



Models Own Lip Products Swatches

Ok! So here is part two of you Model's Own 50% Off Sale Swatch Extravaganza! I purchased quite a few of their lip products and here are some pictures for you :)

product photos and swatches will be after the jump!

Models Own Eyes and Face Swatches

Ok so here are swatches of the face and eye products I purchased from the Models Own 50% off sale. I decided to break this up into the eye and face products and then will post all the lip products in a second post :)

Since this will be a VERY picture heavy post, everything will be after the jump!

Models Own 50% Off Sale Haul!

So, Models Own is a cosmetics and nail polish company based out of London, who have earned a place in the bloggersphere because of their cheap prices and high quality. They ran a promotion via facebook that after they reached 50,000 page likes they would run a 50% off on their entire catalogue.

I ended up ordering 2 orders, and waited, and waited, and waited. I finally received an email from their customer service saying that my packages had been returned, but that they had repacked it, refunded both of my shipping costs, AND sent it via priority mail. So, I received it today, and I would just like to say that I have been blown away by their customer service! I received a couple doubles, but I'm fairly sure that it is my fault, which is better for you guys! keep a look out for an upcoming youtube giveaway!

Anyways, here are the nailpolishes I ended up getting. Swatches of these to come, and swatches of all the makeup items!

Opening up the box!

All my goodies laid out :)

The nail polishes in all their glory!

Top Row- Scarlet Sparkle, Bluebelle, Silver Fox, Purple Haze, Pink Fizz, Juicy Jules, Lili's Pink, Sophie's Pink, Pink Blush, Pastel Pink, Buff Pink

Second Row- Coral Reef, Pink Punk, Raspberry Crush, Bubblegum, Lilac Dream, Cherry Pie, Purple Poppy, Purple Passion, Magenta Pearl, Turkish Delight, Purple Mystique

Third Row- True Blue, Prussian Blue, Purple Rain, Top Turquoise, Green Flash, Betty Blue, Feeling Blue, Sterling Silver, Gold Rush, Gold Digger, Champagne

Fourth Row- Pearly Queen, Misty Grey, Grey Day, Slate Grey, Utopia, Beth's Blue, Dusty Mauve, Blooboo, Blue Moon, Lemon Meringue, Nude Beige, Mushroom

Fifth Row- Purple Grey, Moody Grey, Grace Green, Purple Ash

there you have it, keep checking back for face and eyes and a lip post with photos and swatches!

30 Days, 30 Questions- Day 1

1. When did you start putting on makeup?

I went to an all girls school, so makeup wasn't an everyday thing for me until after I left high school. I had always loved playing with my mother's makeup, but probably got my first makeup at around 13. I wore Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, some chanel black eyeliner and some light pink blush, with a lipliner/lipstick neutral combo from Chanel.

I dug through all my old photos and found some wonderful photos of my first year or so of wearing makeup!


I'm pretty sure I was around 13 here, and I'm pretty sure this was the first time I had ever worn eyeliner.


this was my first summer in New York. I had begged my mother to let me put purple in my hair, and this was the result. I'm pretty sure I wore this Chanel lipliner/lipstick combo for the first 2 years I wore makeup. I wish I still knew what color this was, as I think its gorgeous.


and finally... this was about 6 months later, heavier on the eyeliner, same pink blush and lipstick.


30 Questions in 30 Days!

So, I saw this on a blog and thought that it would be PERFECT for my plan to post for the entire month!

without further ado, here are the questions:

1. When did you start putting on makeup?
2. How did you learn to put on makeup?
3. Favourite brand?
4. Do you like wearing foundation? If so, what's your color and favourite?
5. Favourite lipstick, lip gloss and lip liner?
6. Do you like/wear false lashes? If yes, strip or individual?
7. Favourite eye shadow color?
8. What's your favourite daytime look?
9. Picture of your makeup collection?
10. Favourite makeup brush?
11. Do you like wearing bronzer?
12. Favourite mascara?
13. Where do you keep your makeup?
14. Favourite Youtube guru(s)?
15. Do you wear blush?
16. Do you copy celebrity make up looks?
17. Favourite makeup artist?
18. What's your favourite night time look?
19. Favourite concealer?
20. Favourite eyeshadow primer?
21. Where do you buy your makeup at?
22. Favourite toner?
23. Favourite eye shadow palette and blush palette?
24. Which do you like: cream, matte, powder, sheer, or shimmer eye shadows?
25. Favourite eyeliner?
26. Do you wear makeup everyday?
27. Favourite powder?
28. Favourite makeup remover?
29. Do you like wearing liquid liner? If so, what's your favorite?
30. Pictures of yourself with and without wearing makeup.

My New Favorite Look!

Hey guys! I've recently been venturing into green eyeshadow. I've never really worn it, probably because I really detest the color green. However, with my dark brown eyes and blonde hair, I think the green shadow is striking :) Even more than that, I used my wet and wild shadow trios and they are AMAZING. I can't believe the quality for the price.

without further ado- here is the look and a breakdown :)


Face: Laura Mercier Hydrating primer, Laura Mercier Moisturizing Foundation in Warm Ivory, MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural and Light Medium

Eyes: Tarte Eye Primer, Wet and Wild Trios in Cool as a Cucumber and Walking on Eggshells, LORAC Front of the Line Pro, Smashbox Eyelash Primer, DJV Beautinizer Fiberwig LX mascara, Anastasia Blonde Brow Gel

Cheeks: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, NARS Laguna Bronzer and Albatross Highlighter

Lips: Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick in Rose Ingenue 523

and for a breakdown on the eyes:


I used the Tarte Eye Primer as an all over base, the highlighter shade from Cool as a Cucumber all over the lid, Lid color on the outer V and lower lashes (also on outer 1/3 of the upper lash line) and the crease shade in the crease and the highlighter from the Walking on Eggshells Highlighter shade as a highlight.

LORAC front of the line Pro in a very thin line on upper lash line, Smashbox lash primer, DJV Beautinizer Fiberwig LX

I'm absolutely loving these shadows! I'll probably depot all the ones I have into a Z palette :)

all for now!


Super Quick NOTD

So I know I said I wasn't going to post today, but I just had to show you guys my latest nail combo. you will have to excuse the awful photo, its almost 2 am in Paris, and I was using my "camera" on my computer.


so the colors are Chanel 521 Rose Cache and Gosh Limited Edition Polish in 001 Lavender Love, although it is obviously NOT lavender at all!

I will post a better picture tomorrow, but it was just too gorgeous not to share!


(the day where I kinda cheat)

So, instead of posting on my youtube AND my blog, I posted TWO youtube videos, so I'm going to post one of those here :)

this is a haul kinda, only its what I received in my second swap package from the gorgeous Lora on MUA. Its been such a delight swapping and I feel like I found a new friend :) thanks Lora!

so here it is...

hope you guys enjoy!

Beauty Diary Face Masks Review

After reading reviews and watching youtube videos on these little wonder sheets for AGES, I finally caved and searched on evilbay to see what I could find. Seeing as how I was new to not only Beauty Diary, but also sheet masks in general, I wanted to try and find one of the sets with multiple of the masks to try.

I ended up ordering two of the three limited edition Alice in Wonderland, and I could not be happier that I did!

If you aren't familiar with sheet masks, essentially its a fabric sheet soaked in a fluid mask, with holes for your eyes, nose and mouth that you place on your face for up to 30 minutes. I've read different things about post mask etiquette, so to speak, but I like to get the most out of them and rub in the excess fluid until my face is no longer wet.

I usually apply them after cleansing, before moisturizing, and have been using them usually ever other night.

que hilarious face mask photo :)


overall I would definitely recommend these, and these have been replacing my usual cream masques since I got them!

My favorites so far: Aloe, Bulgarian White Rose and Black Pearl Powder

also, be wary when buying these off ebay, and make sure to buy from a reputable seller!

quite a long post for tonight, sorry I'm a little chatty!

xx theblondeandthebeauty

Quick FOTD!

I just wanted to share a super quick FOTD I did today to go run errands :) this took about 5 minutes, and is great for those mornings when you have to run out of the door.


Face: Bio Oil as a moisturizer (review coming soon), Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer, Guerlain Terracotta Healthy Glow Foundation
Cheeks: Becca Watermelon Beach Tint
Eyes: MAC Rubenesque paint pot, Blinc Mascara

That's it! I should mention that I used my facial tanner last night, and I find that I use much less makeup with a little color!



Survey Time!

I decided for my first of my month 'o' posts that I would start with a basic survey to give you a little insight into my makeup clouded brain :)


-How many times do you wash your face daily? Twice

-What skin type do you have? Very dry, with some slightly oily patches here and there in the summer

-What is your current facial wash? Soap and Glory Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser, Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing wash, my Konjac sponge, and clarisonic :) (complicated I know)

-Do you exfoliate? yes, I alternate between a physical and chemical exfoliant, and exfoliate my body 3 times a week

-What brand do you use? Face: Skin Food Pineapple Peeling Gel, St.Ives Apricot Scrub; Body: Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Scrub

-What moisturizer do you use? Day- Elemis Maximum Moisture, Night- Elemis Tri-Enzyme Night Cream

-Do you have freckles? On my shoulders, and a couple spattered across my face

-Do you use eye cream? Yes, Dr. Brandt R3P eye cream from the flaws no more line

-Do you or did you have acne prone skin? No, but I have sensitive skin, and occasional hormonal breakouts

-Did you ever have to use Pro-activ? yes, and it wrecked havoc on my skin

-What foundation do you use? Depends on the day! Right now I'm loving Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Laura Mercier Moisturizing foundation, Guerlain Terracota Second Skin Foundation, and Armani Face Fabric

-How about concealer? Under eyes: Skin Food Salmon in light or Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque, Blemishes: Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit in Warm Ivory

-Do you know your undertone color? Yess, pink

-What do you think of fake eyelashes? I absolutely LOVE them for nights out!

-Did you know that you are suppose to change your mascara every 3 months? Haha, I wish. I have tonss of mascaras, and it takes me atleast 6 months to get through a tube.

-What brand of mascara do you use? once again, depends on the day. This week I've been loving Benefit's They're Real, Blinc, and Urban Decay Cannonball

-Sephora or MAC? Sephora, because of the variety of brands.

-Do you have a MAC Pro-card? not yet, working on it

-What makeup tools do you use in make up application? brushes, beauty blender

-Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes? always. usually UDPP followed by a Mac Paint Pot

-For the face? Laura Mercier Hydrating primer

-What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)? Slightly shimmery taupes, all kinda of purple, and MAC Parisian Skies (from the MAC bloggers obsession collection)

-Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner? All 3... liquid and creme on my upper lashline, cake and pencil for my water line, and usually shadow for my lower lash line.

-How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil? it has been a long time since I did that... although when I use mascaras with the plastic spiky wands it happens sometimes

-What do you think of pigment eyeshadows? I absolutely love them! but don't use them nearly enough as I should.

-Do you use mineral makeup? No, it makes my face itchy

-What is your favorite lipstick? MAC Blankety, Tom Ford in Blush Nude, MAC Rebel, Guerlain Gigilo

-How about lipgloss? Chanel Glossimers (almost every single color), MAC Frankly Fresh, MAC Lounging, Edward Bess Endless Love, Rouge Bunny Rouge Fleur Parfait and MAC Lip Gelees

-What is your favorite blush to use? Armani Blushing Fabric #3, MAC Beauty Powders from Liberty of London Collection, Burberry Misty Blush, NARS Penny Lane

-Do you buy your makeup on ebay? Only when I really neeed something... like the Bobbi Brown BBU palette that showed up in my mailbox yesterday :)

-Do you like drugstore makeup? I think that drugstores are really stepping up their game these days, the quality of wet and wilds makeup is just outstanding.

-Do you go to CCO's? Yes! but they are so bad for my wallet!

-Did you ever consider taking make-up classes? Yes, I'd love to but they are so expensive; you can learn from YouTube for free

-Are you clumsy in putting on makeup? Only when its early in the morning, or I've already had a couple drinks.

-Name a makeup crime that you hate? REVERSE RACCOON EYES, girls, PLEASE buy the right color concealer.

-Do you like colorful shades of makeup? when I'm in the mood, yes!

-Which celebrity always has great make up? Adele, she has NEVER had a bad makeup moment.

-If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item,what would you use? Mascara

-Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on? Yes, and do sometimes, but I have too much fun putting on makeup to not wear it!

-Do you think you look good even without any makeup on? If my skin is nice, of course!

-In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line? I think that Guerlain has a very solid line, as does Chanel and Bobbi Brown. I'm liking more subdued makeup as I get older.

-What do you think of Makeup?? It's my passion, what I consider myself talented in, and what I want to do for the rest of my life :)

hope you enjoyed that



In and Outs- Summer 2011

I want to start doing weekly in and outs, but decided to start off I should do a Summer in and out.

Being ridiculously pale
Paris having the kind of weather Dallas has in winter
All the tourists!
Thick foundations
Skincare Products making HUGE claims
Snooty sales people
"statement" jewelry pieces
Europe getting fall collections a million years after the US ( I JUST got my hands on Peridot)

He-Shi Fake Tan
Going to Greece in September
Tinted moisturizers (look for a comparison post soon!)
Being at a place in my life I never thought I would get to
Chanel Tan de Soleil Bronze Universal Tanning Base (what a mouthful!)
Dainty jewelry
Nail Polish
Makeup Alley
Ellie Goulding
Big Comfy T-Shirts and Haviannas
Getting back in the Gym
Asian sheet masks

*photo property of he-shi tan*

so... that's all for now! see you guys soon :)




So, I've made the executive decision to buckle down and really work on blogging. I highly doubt anyone is still reading, but I made the transition to youtube (here) and let me blog fall to the waist side. Anyways, I've made a goal to blog atleast once a day, for the entire month of September, so get ready!



My Recent Glittery Day Look

In my last post I mentioned my newfound love for glitter at night and here is the look translated into a more daytime appropriate look. I wore this for about 4 days in a row, adding some dark grey in the outer v and crease to transfer it into night
Face- Estee Lauder Double Wear Max Coverage in Ivory Light mixed with Estee Lauder Double Wear in 1C1 Shell, MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW20, YSL Touche Eclat #2 under eyes, Armani loose powder in Pink (i'm not sure what the number is, I've had this for almost two years, its a gorgeous luminous pink and I think it was limited edition, but has recently been re-released)

Cheeks- Benfit Posie Tint, MAC Mineralize Blush in Daft Pink

Eyes- Painterly as a base, Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eyeshadow in Platinum (on the lid), Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Pure Gold (on lid and inner corners), MAC Reflects Gold glitter (dabbed lightly in the middle of the lid), LORAC front of the line pro eyeliner(top lashline), Guerlain Terracotta Kohl (on water line)

Lips- Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Peroxide

Spring looks pt 1 and Estee Lauder Mini Review

I know that I say that I will post more often every post.... truth is between actual classes and school work I have little to no time to sleep, none the less blog- but I have spring break coming up- so expect a lot more additions, to anyone still reading, that is.

anyways-- I did this look the other night before dinner with some friends and thought I would share with you.

This look used up the last of two foundation samples I got when I was back home- Estee Lauder Double Wear and Double Wear Maximum Cover, which I can't find here in Europe, so am having my mom pick up for me. The two colors I was matched in were 1C1 Shell and Cream Ivory respectively.

The combination of these two colors matches spot on to my skin, super matt,doesn't need a powder (one less step, right?) and doesn't budge. I have worn this for a good 15 hours without it acting patchy, which is pretty amazing if you ask me. Its also extremely full coverage due to the Maximum cover, which is actually great for me right now because I've got some nasty hormonal acne that has plagued me recently. I must admit that its quite a shock for me as my skin has been pretty perfect for most of my life, but that's a whole other story...

Face- Estee Lauder Double Wear in Shell, Maximum Cover in Cream Ivory, MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC20

Cheeks- Tarte Dollface Cheek Stain, MAC Daft Pink Mineralize Blush, NARS Ablatross Highlighter

Eyes- MAC Paintpot in Painterly as a base, MAC Paintpot in Dangerous Cuvee (on the lid, LE from Cham Pale), Urban Decay Naked Palette (colors used: Virgin as highlight, Toasted on lid, and Gunmetal to darken the crease), Urban Decay Glitter Liner in Glam Rock, Fiberwig LX Mascara, Guerlain Terracotta Kohl (on the waterline), and Anastasia tinted brow gel in Blonde

Lips- In this photo all I have on is Benefit Poseytint- but when I went out I wore Dior Lip Polish in Fresh Expert for a hint of pink with a glossy sheen.

I loved the extra sparkle from the glitter liner... and although I'm usually not a glitter fiend, I'm loving it more and more for nighttime looks!

till next time,

Blonde and the Beauty