Tuesday, 25 October 2016

DIY: Halloween Shoes

Pearls, spiderweb, shoes, DIY, Charlotte Olympia, inspired

I've been really inspired by Halloween this year. Last year, my costume was extremely last minute, but this year, I have been thinking about makeup look for weeks, buying wigs and accessories. As I was browsing Charlotte Olympia shoes online, I spotted her iconic spiderweb ballerinas and they immediately appeared as easily dupable. So here is a little DIY post on how to make your own Halloween-inspired shoes, even though I will probably be wearing mine all throughout Autumn!

To do this DIY you'll need: a pair of shoes (make sure there is enough space for your spiderwebs), gold beads, a thin metal thread, pliers, universal glue (make sure there is no harsh solvent in your glue as it might tarnish the beads and the leather), a ruler.

Create three strands of beads. They will be the axis of you spiderweb so make them as long as the diameter of your web. Measure the space you have on your shoe in order to figure out the diameter. To stop your thread and secure your beads, go around the last bead and back inside the strand of beads for a few centimeters, then cut what remains.

Start with two strands. Twist them in their middle. Then add the third one and twist it with the others. This can be done quite messily. Just make sure your three axis are holding together. They will become more sturdy as we add the web's circles.

Then slip a thread through a bead on one of your axis. I chose the fourth bead, but it can't be higher if your web is bigger.

Add beads and slip your thread through the fourth bead on the next axis.

And cut the remaining thread.

All you have to do now is glue your webs on your shoes. You can shape your webs to make them more hexagonal (which I forgot to do for the left foot) before glueing them on. If the glue application gets messy, clean it up with nail polish remover and cotton buds.

Shoes, DIY, pearls, spiderweb, Charlotte Olympia, inspired

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Out of the Zone #1: Purple Lips

I am definitely in an experimenting phase when it comes to make up, that's why I want to introduce a new series of post called "out of the zone" in which I try various types of make up products that are not part of my comfort zone. After glitter and false lashes in my latest video, the next step was lips and even though buying lipstick is an activity that do almost as frequently as going grocery shopping, I am definitely guilty of sticking to my mauvey pinks and rosy browns with an occasional red or hot pink. But lately, with the beauty market overflowing with blue, green or grey lip products, I have started to consider purple as a not so out of the box color. You will find my purple lip picks below. Some are pretty wearable, others are pretty scary but still fun to pull off once in a while!

Mac Violetta: I love it! The shimmery finish makes it a great option for thinner lips.

liquid lipstick, tarte

Tarte Tarteist lip paint in Yass: When this line of liquid lipsticks came out this was the shade that interested me the least. Now that I have tried it I actually find it not that scary and I could definitely pull it off in my daily life.

Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Pandemonium: A little bit patchy, but stilla gorgeous evening (or day) shade.

Ariana Grande

Mac Viva Glam Ariana 2: Looks more pink on the lips than it does in the bullet, but still a very fun, brightening shade.

Make up for ever C506: This almost doesn't classify as a purple. It leans more toward the dark red end of the spectrum, but there's still a hint of purple in it that make it a great vampy lip option.

Loaded bolds

Maybelline Vibrant Violet: Unfortunately not available in Switzerland, but a good wallet-friendly alternative to Violetta.

liquid lipstick

Nyx Liquid Suede on Amethyst: This one has a lot of blue in it, which makes it a real standout shade. let's say I'll keep this one for parties or nights out :)

Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Bittersweet: This a very wearable purple. Great for every day!

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Cosmetics Obsession Haul

Morphe 35U, Socialeyes, Red Cherry, LA Girl, Eye Kandy

I recently placed an order on Cosmetics Obsession which is a swiss online cosmetic store and an actual store in Lausanne. They have so many cool brands to choose from that it's really hard not to buy everything. However I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted to get: products that I could add to my everyday routine to change it up and make it a bit more fun. If you scroll down you will find a list of the products I bought, along with a review of the one I've tried so far and a video demo, where I create a very bright and sparkly eyeshadow look (not necessarily for everyday, but still fun! :-) ).

Bright eyeshadows: I felt like playing with colors more and the Morphe 35U palette seemed like a great way to do it since you get so man different shades at a really affordable price. The quality is really good. The shimmery/metallic shades are comparable to Makeup geek's foiled shadow in term of softness and pigmentation. The satin/matte shades are a little drier, but still totally usable.

Contouring: Contouring is something I've never been interested in until recently and the LA Girl contour stick in Suede was, again, an affordable way to try it out. I was truly surprised by how subtle it can look and I'll definitely keep using it in my daily routine.

False lashes: I haven't worn these yet except the Red Cherry Demi Wispies, which I wore in the video below. I think they look really nice on, without being too dramatic. I can't wait to wear the other ones. (I got the Socialeyes lashes in Vixen, Whiplash and Tease, and the red Cherry #DS 04)

Glitter: As a self confessed glitter addict who owns several pairs of glitter shoes, I couldn't resist adding loose glitter to my collection. I got the Eye Kandy glitter pots in Marshmallow Sugar (an iridescent white), Icing Sugar (a place blue with green reflects), Mad Melon (a gorgeous bright green) and Double Bubble (a dusty rose), that I have yet to try. I'm really happy with them so far and I'm definitely considering getting more colors!

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