Thursday, February 28, 2013

"Stormy Night Sky", "Spring" and ombre

Smokey eyes... Beautiful and sophisticated application of different shades, transitioned smoothly one into another... I love creating smokey eyes. But you don't need too many colors to create pretty smokey eye look.
One of my all-time favorites is dramatic smokey eye look using mainly one dark eyeshadow color. Here I am presenting you the make up look I created using black eyeshadow (plus, some gray-ish highlight color). I don't have a step to step pictorial for this look, because it is not difficult to recreate. All you need is to pack eyeshadow  on your upper and lower lid and BLEND! Blend, blend and blend more until you reach soft, gradient blended shade on your lid. Apply highlight on your browbone area and slightly blend in with the dark color. Apply the eyeliner and mascara, and you're done! 
I named this look "Stormy Night Sky", since it is dark, yet mysterious and chic. I did a cat-eye look and then added a twist, by adding winged eyeliner in the inner corner of the eye. You can see and compare both looks below: with inner corner wing and without it. 
You can recreate this look using any dark shadow. My personal favorite is a navy blue. With this look I suggest to wear the nude colored lipstick.

Smokey eyes are never out of fashion. But fashion never stays at one place. Creativity and artistic approach to make up is becoming hot topic these days. One of those approaches is ombre lips. You can create them in different ways and different colors. I'm presenting you below both matte and glossy versions of purple ombre lips I've created. I will soon make a blog post on how to create ombre lips using different tools and techniques. Stay tuned! Until then, enjoy!

Another late night fun with lips. :) Spring lips! I wish I could capture them as sparkly as they were in reality. These little flowers are supposed to be nail art supplies. But whenever I applied them to my nails they just wouldn't stick well and fall off easily. So I thought, these nail art flowers would look good glued on lips using lash(!) glue! Haha! Enjoy the product of my creativity :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Turquoise and Gold Makeup Look

Today I'd like to show you another makeup look that is created using combination of beautiful colors: turquoise and gold. For your outfit with a turquoise detail or a golden touch, this look would be a perfect complement. Let's get started! 

1. As usual, one of the most important steps is priming your eyes. Priming will help shadows last longer and blend smoothly. It also pops the colors up!
2. Apply turquoise shadow all over your lids (both upper and bottom), except the center of your upper lid. Easy way would be to apply in the outer corner and the inner corner of your eye, and then connect color by applying line through the crease. Use eyeshadow brush.
3. Using blending brush or a crease brush, slightly blend out the rough edges. 
4. Using eyeshadow brush pack golden color in the center of your upper lid by slightly overlapping shadows to create a transition. Just pat the center of your bottom lid with whatever left on your brush.
5. Now, touch up turquoise until you get smooth, but distinct colors. Apply highlight color on your browbone area.
6. Time for an eye liner! Create a cat-eye "<"-shaped winged eye liner. Using liquid liner draw smooth line on top lid and outer half of the bottom lid. Connect lines and continue by drawing a wing. Also, apply black liner in the waterline using eye pencil.
7. Apply your favorite mascara and falsies, if necessary. And that's it! Beautiful color-combo is done! I combined this eye look with soft pink lipcolor. Enjoy recreating this look! 

Products that I used:
1. Urban Decay EyeShadow Primer Potion
2.  Shadows: BH cosmetics 120 color palette
3. Marbella liquid eyeliner in black
4. Urban Decay 24/7 glide-on pencil in color Zero.
5. Clinique high impact mascara - Black
6. H&M false lashes - Medium
7. NYC Ultra Moisturizing Lipstick in color 314 - Petal

Friday, February 22, 2013

Elegant Neutral Make Up Look Tutorial

Today I'd like to show you one of my favorite makeup looks that can be worn both everyday and on special occasions. Perhaps, this look could be a perfect bridal look as well! It's very elegant and looks great on any eye-color! 

Let's begin!

1. Start by priming your eyelids. This step is crucial, since eye-primer not only helps to last eye makeup longer, but also it helps to enhance the color of the shadows and blend the shades smoothly with each other. 
2. Using dark matte brown colored eye shadow draw a line along your crease with either angled eyeshadow brush or flat eyeliner brush.
3. Using a pencil brush, blend the line slightly.
4. Now, take an eyeshadow that is two or three shades lighter than dark brown in step 2, and apply it by blending in the outer part of your crease, above the line. Use blending brush or a crease brush. 
5. Take light beige colored eyeshadow, and apply it below your brows and slightly bring down by blending it with the light brown color. You can use the same blending brush or a crease brush, but make sure you wipe it on paper towel back and forth to remove excess dark shadow before application of the lighter shade.
6. Using eyeshadow brush apply champagne shade on your lid, below the drawn crease line.
7. Using pencil brush, apply matte dark brown on the outer 1/3 of a lower lid, blend slightly. 
8. Apply a highlight color on the inner corner of the eyes and browbone area. Also, apply white eyeliner on waterline. This will help to brighten up the eye makeup look. 
9. Using liquid eye liner draw a cat eye. Depending on your preference, you can draw liner slightly winged or not, thick or thin. It is up to you.
10. Apply your favorite mascara on top and bottom lashes. Apply false eyelashes, if you wish.
That's it! Look is finished! Neutral colored palettes are available in many makeup brands, having one of those, you can easily recreate this look. You can wear this look with both dark or light colored lips. 
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Stay tuned for more to come!

Products that I used:
1. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
2. Brown Eyeshadows:  BH cosmetics 120 color palette
3. For the champagne color: NYC Sparkle Eye Dust in color 893 - Champagne
4. Marbella eyeliner pen in black
5. Clinique high impact mascara in black
6. H&M false eyelashes - Medium
7. Lips: NYX in color 606 - Saturn

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How To Make Your Lips Look Visibly Fuller

For updated Fuller and Bigger Lips with video tutorial click here

Today I want to show you a simple trick which you can use to make your lips look full and beautiful instantly. It is very easy and you can shape your lips this way by using just a lip liner and a lipstick, (plus lip gloss, but it is optional). Let's begin!
Start off by applying lip liner around the natural border of your lips. Create smooth and even "outer border" for your lips. However, make sure that you don't go too far with outlining the lips, since it may cause your lips' shape look very fake and inaccurate. Try to stay as close to natural border as possible. Now fill the lips with the lipliner. This will help the lipstick to last longer. Next, apply your lipstick. The last step is optional, which is applying lipgloss. I personally like to apply a lipgloss, since it kind of smooths all the layers of products together and creates one solid shape. I also applied a highlighter to my "cupid's bow" to enhance the shape of my lips.
Below is the pictorial of shaping the lips using the technique described above. As you can see my natural lips are very thin and also very pale, they are not dry in the pictures, they are naturally just that pale. :) In this pictorial I'm using: 1. Essence lipliner in color 04 - "Honey Bun"; 2. Catrice Absolute Moisture lipstick in color 020 - "Caramel Beige"; 3. NYC Lippin' Large lipgloss in color 474 - "Toffe Kiss". Enjoy!

In the pictures below I used relatively higher contrast, so the color of lipstick has changed a little. The actual colors of the products I used are more accurate in pictorial above. 

DIY Project: Wall Art Decor

Today I would like to share with you another DIY project that I did recently. I had the left over supplies from the nursery letters project and decided to turn them to some wall art decor using dot painting technique. Let's get started!
For this project you need canvases (I had 4 canvases left from the previous project, but you could also use one larger canvas if you wish), acrylic paint and a couple of make up sponges (i got a whole pack of sponges for $1 in Dollar store). Now, let's make our "dot painting tool". Take a pen with a cap, cut a little piece out of your makeup sponge and tuck the sponge piece in the cap of the pen as shown below. That's it! Now you can easily paint with this easy-to-make and cheap dot painting tool.

Let's move on to the painting. Put your canvases in desired arrangement and sketch the pattern that you picked. And start dot painting! Just dip your tool lightly in paint and make the dots along the pattern. Once you got the sketch covered, play with colors and their intensity, fill the pattern by continuing dot painting. I found that this type of painting takes less time and a lot of fun to do! If you have kids, you definitely could make a dot painting activities together.

Once the pattern is filled, I played with colors little more by adding some details and a background. And, it's finished! If you want to go extra step, you could also add some design to your painting, for example: your favorite quote on top of the painting. I chose to draw Arabic calligraphy on top using brushes and black acrylic paint. Then, you can hang your finished wall art by keeping canvases together, or you can spread them slightly, so it shows that the painting was done on several canvases. Good luck!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

DIY Project: Nursery Letters

Today I want to show you how you can decorate your little ones' room in creative and affordable way. DIY Nursery letters! I made the nursery letters after my daughter was born, since we weren't sure what name we wanted to pick for her before she was born. If you know what you want to name little munchkin in your belly or even if your baby is already here and maybe you just want to decorate his/her nursery with cute inspirational words, this project may be interesting for you.
I thought a lot about the kind of letters I could hang on the wall of a nursery. I could buy ready pricey nursery letters, or buy wooden letters and "mod podge" a pattern to it. I even thought about yarn wrapped cardboard letters and letters from buttons as well. But for my little girl I wanted to make something unique and pretty. I also wanted an inexpensive option. So I picked a "Painting on canvas" instead. I decided to paint some pretty picture and paint the letters of her name on top of the painting with different fun colors. For the project I picked up canvas (flat ones), acrylic paint, some brushes and ribbon to hang canvas.
Since I did this project while ago, I don't have step to step pictures of it. However, it's very easy to make. All you have to do is pick an image you want and paint it on canvas. I picked cherry blossom. But here are some other options: flowers, moon and stars, aquarium with fish, bubbles, birds, sky and clouds, rainbow, different shapes and etc. I picked a "V" shaped arrangement to hang the letters, you can also choose either horizontal or "zig-zag" arrangements.
Once the painting is finished, paint letters in your favorite font (you can use stencils if you want, or you can print letters on the paper, cut them and then trace on canvas). That's it!
Now, it's time to hang canvas. Cut around 10 inches of a ribbon and glue it to the back of canvas as shown in the picture (I only had super glue available at that time, if you have a glue gun, you can use it too). Then cut another 10-12 inch of a ribbon and make a bow. Glue your bow to the center of the ribbon that is glued to the canvas. You're done! Now you can hang the letters and enjoy the piece of art you've just created!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Create your own nude lipstick

There is a rule of a face makeup: when you have dark or vivid eye makeup, you should have more neutral lips and the other way around: vivid lip color should be combined with more of a natural makeup look. Lately, it's been a fashion trend to have very colorful and dark eye makeup and nude lips. If you don't have time or money to buy a nude lipstick, or you just couldn't find the nude color that matches you, this blog post is going to be helpful. I'm going to show you how you can create your own nude lipstick. It's very easy!
All of us, ladies, have one lipstick, that is our favorite color and looks good on our lips when applied. Or maybe not even our favorite, still can be a good use for this! Just apply your regular lipstick (preferably rosy-colored, but again, it depends on your skin color, just choose what looks best on you). Now, take a little bit of your concealer or small amount of your foundation and apply over your lipstick using lip brush or a finger (I find that concealer works better than foundation). Even out the color. And VOILA! You have a beautiful nude color on your lips now!
One good thing about this nude color is - it matches your skin tone perfectly, because of the baseline lipstick color. If your baseline lipstick is too dark, you might want to blot your lips with the paper and apply another coat of concealer/foundation until you reach desired nude color. 
If you want matte finish, just blot your lips with a paper. If you want a glossy finish, apply your favorite lip gloss on top of your nude color. Enjoy!
*Update*: Since my natural lips are very pale, I applied a pink lipstick to add some color to the nude color. But if your lips are naturally pink/red, you can skip the lipstick step and just apply concealer/foundation on your lips and finish by applying either lip gloss or lip balm on top.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Super-healthy Homemade Hamburgers and Baked Fries

Sometimes I really want to go to some fast food restaurant and order hamburger with fries and enjoy it... BUT, once I start thinking about how much fat is in fast food, how bad for your body it can be (I was more convinced after watching some documentaries about fast food) and since I'm a healthy eater, fast food just drops out of my lunch/dinner menu. However, hamburger and fries don't! You still can enjoy HEALTHY burgers and fries, which are way more delicious than in any fast food restaurant. My hubby loves them!!
So, in this blog post I'll show you how I make my homemade hamburgers and fries from the scratch. Let's begin!
I bake buns for hamburgers by myself, I usually make them from regular bread dough recipe (you can find the recipe here). Before sending them into the oven I cover buns with plain yogurt and sesame seeds for some pretty finished product.

Once buns are ready, time to move on to prepare burger meat. 
For 5 servings you'll need:
  • Little more than a half pound of ground beef (I made small balls as a measurement of a serving, and 5 meat balls took little more than a 1/2 lb)
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 1/2 cup of bread crumbs or small piece of bread, which approximately equals to 1/4th of a bun
  • 3/4 of a teaspoon of salt
  • a little bit of pepper

I also added some ground garlic spice. Make sure to not over-salt if you have garlic salt. My ground garlic spice doesn't have salt in it, so I added salt separately. 
In order to prepare meat for hamburger patties, take grater and grate an onion. Once grated, take only mashed part of the onion and add to the meat, you don't want too much onion juice in the meat. If you're using bread, just grate it as well. If not, then add your bread crumbs. Now add salt, pepper, spices and mix until everything is nicely mixed together. 

Depending on how many servings you are making, form patties. I'm sure these patties would be awesome if grilled, but cooking on the pan works too! I added little bit of an olive oil in the pan (you can use any type of a cooking oil), sauteed patty until one side was red, then turned it over, reduced the heat and covered it for 8-10 minutes. And that's it! Your hamburgers are ready! Mine turned out to be little chubby, they shrank a bit while cooking, but still look good! Now, cut everything you want to have in your burger. I like cheese, tomatoes, pickles, lotus, some mustard and ketchup in mine!

Let's move on to fries! For each serving of fries you'll need:
  • 1 medium sized potato
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • salt, pepper and some spices (paprika works great!)
Cut potatoes as fries' shape. In a bowl mix spices, salt and olive oil. Add a mixture to potatoes, mix, place on a foil, bake in a preheated oven (400 F) for about 40 minutes. After 15-20 minutes you should turn potato pieces over, and continue baking them until they are ready. 

Now, make your burger by adding your favorites and serve with fries on the side. Enjoy! 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

About Me

I am Delia. A wife to my wonderful husband, Mommy to my sweet daughters and a Woman with a passion for creativity. My interests include make up, nail art, cooking, painting, crafting, photography and many more. I have created this blog to share a unique lifestyle. Hope you'll find this blog helpful!
I'm very excited to start this journey and hope you'll join me in this unpredictable adventure! Let's beautify and creatify life together!

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