Archive for September 2011

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!