Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mermaid NOTD and A&A Thursdays !

Over the top nails anyone ? Yes, please !

Base : Peggy Sage in Blue Pop. Amazing metallic blue : it really stands out ...

But I was tempted to layer it with the sparkle touch from Kiko :

and I decided to make it a blue day ! So blue EOTD too ...

Now it's time for Awesome and Awkward Thursdays :

Awkward :
- I am a pharmacist. So I explain a patient how to use a new pill for blood pressure. She doesn't listen to a word I say and notice a sticker on the bottle saying she should avoid Grapefruit. She interrupts me saying in an accusative tone : "how come I can't eat grapefruit ? That's so unfair!". Me , trying to feel sympathetic : "AW I am sorry, You were used to eat grapefruit on a regular basis?" patient : "No...I hate grapefruit, it so sour !" Me : "OK, so let's get to the next pill..."
- Taking pictures of my EOTD and noticing the Christmas calendar is still in the living room's wall, cropping pictures to hide my failure...

Awesome :
- becoming free lance, I feel so free to organize my own professional schedule
- receiving an award from Jen who is so talented that it's not even funny ...And she is an enabler to MAC, let me tell you ...I wish I could have such a nice MUA at my MAC counter !
- receiving 3 packages of free goodies in less than a month : from a give away (Lily's), from Maybelline (Super stay lipstick to try when you subscribe on their FB page), from Marcelle-Annabelle reps (as they heard I was sick in December ...AWWWWW !)
- being addicted to the Banana shampoo from the Body Shop smells soooo good in my shower every morning : those kinds of little priceless pleasures !

Awkward and awesome Caro xxx

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

NOTD : magnetic nails from Agnes B

I won a give away mi January and I received an indecent amount of gorgeous nail polishes. In the package I receive, I found that weird little magnet from the AgnesB. collection. As I am as curious as George, I researched a little bit about it and found out that the magnet can help you do nail art easily. How fun !

Here is the result and the INCREDIBLE magnet ! the color shown here is Prune Galaxie...

As I am as crafty as if I had 2 left hands, I managed to fail with 2 nails, scratch 2 others and do a lot of swearing at the same time (I am a multi purpose kind of girl). But with a little bit of practice, I am sure the swearing will proportionally decrease while ALL my nails will look perfect...(a girl can dream !)

So is it a gimmicky product ?

Did I enjoy it ?
Everyone needs a little bit of swearing in their life ...And swearing in French is so ...charming (?)

My nails were noticed by a lady who asked me how come I made such neat designs on my nails ...I started to explain the basic principle of metallic nail polish and magnet and realized being a science teacher was probably not my call !

Curious Caro and her metallic nails xxx

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Bee-Yonce EOTD ...

Beyonce wore a fantastic eye make up on the "telephone" videoclip with Gaga. I didn't recreate it until I saw a similar look on Jangsara Facebook page that was too beautiful to ignore.

Brace yourself, full face with crazy hair coming soon !

Face :
NARS sheer glow foundation in Deauville
Maybelline blush in Original Rose
Annabelle Haute Gold bronzer to contour
Annabelle Amber glow palette as an highlight

Lips :
Heather from NYX topped with Gosh Darling (134)

It is said that yellow e/s should be avoided on brown eyes...But you know how rebel I can be (being a suburban soccer mum and all...)

Eye make up :
Base : TFSI toped with NYX JEP in Milk (inner corner) and Yellow (lid)
e/s : Matte white from Wn'W greed palette (fantastic pay off), Chick (yellow e/s from NYX), Wedge (MAC) in the crease, Divine Diva from Annabelle over Wedge (gorgeous plum color infused with gold...sadly washed out by my camera)

Liners :
Up : NYC black liner to create the cat eye effect
Down : Annabelle smoothliner in Green tease (dirty gold) topped with the same white e/s from the Wn'W palette.

Brows : NYX root beer e/s
lashes : Marcelle volume precision in black

Last pic is an attempt to a faux bob copied on the beautiful Maegan. She has amazing tutorials for long hair !

Have a wonderful day, lovelies ...

Caro-addicted to her H&M scarf xxx

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Awkward and Awesome Thursdays and NOTD !

I am starting a nail-o-thon with all the nail polishes that I won lately ! Ladies, let me introduce you to the vampy : Tulipe noire (translation : black tulip) from Peggy sage. I played it lazy and just did 1 coat to prevent it from being too dark... I love so much those kinds of plummy colors !

Then if you can see the new button on the right of my blog, I'll try and follow the tradition of the Awkward and Awesome Thursdays , initiated by Sydney...Go and read that blog, it's hilarious and witty !

Awkward :
- being at Sephora and trying to avoid a SA that mismatch my color foundation ... BIG time : I am snow white and she matches me with J-LO. I didn't want to hurt her feelings, so I end up whispering to another SA if I can change the bottle and the SA whispers back in a really noisy Sephora...
- waiting in line in a H&M and starting the weirdest conversation ever with a total stranger : I swear in 5 min I knew everything about her childhood. Excusing myself to go to the cash because she doesn't want to stop the conversation...and rushing out of the store because I have the impression she wants to develop our new friendship !

Awesome :
- Receiving a huge package from a give away I won this week...I still can't believe it !
- Seeing my kids enjoying Harry Potter : They open the doors saying "Alohomora", they fight with "Petrificum totalum". Thank you Mrs Rowling for bringing your magic to my kids' world
- The sales : huge , this year ...not sure that's awesome for my wallet but my closet is very happy
- discovering new blogs everyday and enjoying the ride

Caro-reducium bottomum xxx (not working yet ...working on it !) xxx

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Annabelle and her purple eye....

I had the chance, one day to be cited as the "author" of a sweet blog. The nice girl giving me a shout out said she liked to imagine my first name was Annabelle because I was using the brand so often in my FOTD that it defined me...So today, again, please don't call me Caroline, I am just Annabelle ;-)

Look at that and clean up the drool from your chins, ladies ! one swipe, no primer : the 3 colors on my fingers are rainforest, utraviolet and tutu. I didn't swatch Fantasy : the peacocky turquoise color because I didn't use it in my EOTD but My brushes are itching to try it ....

Next , full face with flash : products used for the face are:
NARS sheer glow in Deauville. Still on the fence with this one, the coverage and lasting power are perfection but it might be a little too yellow on me...
Maybelline Mineral blush in Soft Mauve
Annabelle Haute gold bronzer to contour
Mac prep and prime finishing powder to set everything

Very scary close up on my eye :
Primer : TFSI
e/s : Rainforest(Annabelle) in the inner corner , Ultraviolet (Annabelle) all over the lid, tutu (Annabelle) to blend, the beauty marked dupe from WnW to give depth in the outer V (Lust palette)
liner : Feline khol liner from MAC
Brows : Root Beer e/s from a NYX trio
Mascara : Marcelle volume precision in black

This pic is truer to the colors : there is a hint of fuschia in the ultraviolet that is just gorgeous...

Lips : Heather from NYX mixed with Gosh Darling (134)
Neck : H&M new, love, love....

Last one, just to tell you that this look was inspired by Laurenisokay on Youtube. It is quite far from what she did but she is cute and talented so I often take some of her color combos as a base for my own look !

Have a good day, lovelies !

Car-Annabelle xxx

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

a field of radishes and counting my blessings !

Hello dear readers (my, my, my... I am speaking to myself , nobody's here anymore...)

I had a no-blogging month due to some perturbations in December 2010. Hurray, it's over, let's embrace 2011. And what not to love in 2011 when you receive THAT !!!???

I won a give away (really weird, I never win anything, it's like a rule in my life !!!). But let me say something, when I win, I win BIG TIME . I had a hard time trying to make everything fit in the photo !

Stickers for the nails : I have a weakness in the knee for the "Camée" in the right. Have you ever seen such delicate and girly stickers ? I will feel like Keira Knightley in Pride and Prejudice whith those on my nails !

Then there is this amazing palette from Sephora , all sleek and compact ! But I am a tough cookie , I though : humph the pay off of the e/s must be poor (I am not a big fan of palettes). OH, dear palette, let me apologize sincerely : those swatches were made of 1 swipe and no primer...Holly molly !!!

Now, meet my new babies ! Look at that blue, that dark plum, this mushroom color : I must have died and went directly to heaven...I want to paint every single nails I have on my body a different color just to test them out !

Now here is the problem : meet my radish nails aka false nails....bouhou ! Because of me being sick all December long (told you December was crappish...), my nails broke painfully on a regular basis. As I had a voucher for a salon (courtesy of my latter employer) I decided to have my natural nails covered with gel to prevent the breaking...Only to remember, once I have the radish nails on , why I hate false nails : because they look SO false (yeah I am that intuitive in real life !)

So I guess I am stuck with a field of radishes at the end of my fingers for a month or so ...I need to have my natural nails protected for a while. I am starting the multi-vitamins thing to help them grow stronger and then bye bye radishes !

This fabulous color called : Chocolat irisé (foiled chocolate in English I guess) was offered by the sweet Lily along with all the goodies mentionned before. I say sweet because she added candies from my childhood in the package (not shown in pics cause already eaten !). If you like nail varnishes, just go and subscribe to her blog : I think she has swatches on every existing nail polish available on earth....

Dear Lily, would you marry me ?

Caro-radish lady xxx