Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fish Under The Coat - Salad/Side Dish Recipe

Hello, dear blog readers! Today I would like to present to you this awesome recipe of a salad/side dish that is named fish under the coat or fish under the fur coat. Let's go ahead and get it started!

You'll need (for one small to medium plate of the salad):
1 can of any fish in the oil (I used sprouts, but sardines work just as well)
2 boiled potatoes
4 boiled medium sized carrots
1/4 onion
2 beetroots boiled
2 hard boiled eggs
6-8 tablespoons of mayonnaise
Some salt

1. Mash the fish on the plate with the fork
2. This step is optional. If you don't like onions, you can skip this step. Grate the onions on smaller grate side and drain the juice out. Mix the grated part of the onion with the fish. 
3. Spread 1/2 of the fish on the plate with a thin layer, so it barely covers the bottom.
4. Grate 2 carrots and spread over the fish.
5. Spread 1-2 tbsp of mayonnaise over the carrots.
6. Grate 1 of potatoes and spread over the mayonnaise. Sprinkle some salt (very small amount) on top of potatoes.
7. Cover potatoes with mayonnaise.
8. Grate root beet and spread it on top of the other vegetables.
9. Cover beet with a tbsp of mayonnaise once again.
10. Now go back to the remaining 1/2 of all of your products and repeat steps 3-9.
11. Separate hard boiled egg whites and yolks. Grate on a smaller grater side the egg whites first and sprinkle on top.
12. Now grate the yolks and sprinkle on top of whites. And done!!!
You can decorate it with greens, olives or just serve as it is.

When serving the dish just cut it as you would cut the cake and serve a piece. It is very delicious and lightweight.

Hope this blog post was helpful! Enjoy making this salad and eating it afterwards!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Doll Transformation Makeup

Hello, my beautiful blog readers!!!  Today I'd like to present to you something extraordinary and experimental, that I've tried to do last week - Doll Makeup Transformation. I just wanted to share with you how makeup can change one's appearance and make them look so fictional.
I decided to show you how you can recreate this look, so that if you might decide to transform yourself into a doll this Halloween, you'll have a reference :).
I apologize for poorer quality pictorial photo, since it was taken using my phone. So, let's get started!

1. After priming the eye lids, using eyeliner pencil extend the eye shape by drawing a line along the upper lash line, bringing it outwards and then connecting with the lower lid, as shown above.
2. Fill in the space with drawn extended eye with white eyeliner or white eyeshadow.
3. Now, imagining the drawn extension as an eye shape, draw a cut crease line on crease all the way above extended lash line.
4. Apply eyeshadows on the lid: white shimmer in the tear duct area, pink in the center lid. Using black matte shade and pencil brush, define the crease line.
5. Blend the crease line using matte brown shadow and highlight browbone area.
6. Now apply black shadow on the outer V of the extended eye shape and bring it towards the lower lid. Blend.
7. Apply eyeliner along the extended upper lashline and stack a couple of false lashes together and glue them starting from the outer corner of the lid.
Once the steps are complete, you should end up with the eyes looking like in the following picture.

To emphasize big eyes, you can complement the look with the big circle lenses and false lower lashes. That's it! The doll transformation look is complete! Hope you like it!

Products used:
1. Urban Decay Primer Potion
2. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on pencil in zero.
3. NYX jumbo eye pencil in Milk.
4. BH cosmetics 120 color palette
5. NYC liquid liner in black
6. Alash lashes in "Lychee Fantasy" and "Mojito" stacked together. (www.alash.com.au)
7. Lower lashes were custom made by me by cutting natural styled thin lashes :)
8. For face I've used foundation and powder by clinique, bronzer by Essence and blush by SHE stylezone.
9. On the lips I have Essence lip liner in honey bun topped with NYC everlasting blossom gloss. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

All About Brows and More featuring Anastasia Beverly Hills products

Hello, Beauties! As I promised in my post "Four Different Ways to Shape and Fill in Eyebrows", today I'll be talking broadly about tips and tricks of perfectly shaped and filled brows.
Eyebrows are frames of the face. I cannot stretch enough how correctly shaped eyebrows can accentuate your beauty and make your face features stand out. As I mentioned in my previous post (link is above), today I will be expanding the topic of initial shaping of the brows. Let's begin!
There are many ways to shape the brows by plucking, waxing, threading or bleaching. I've written before that it is the best if you can follow the natural shape of your brows as much as possible. However, everyone has different brows: some very thin, some very thick, some nicely shaped and some with undefined shape. If you happen to be the latter one, here is a helpful chart I found online, that shows what eyebrow shape you should aim for according to your face shape.

Image from Google

Once you've determined your eyebrow shape, it is time to define the start, arch and the end of the brow. This is equally important step, since you don't want to end up with too short brows or dislocated arch. There is a golden ratio technique that helps you to determine the ideal brow length and arch location.
Image from Google

According the Golden Ratio the start of your brows should be aligned with the center of your nostril. To find this point, you can hold straight object vertically from the center of your nostril  upwards towards the brows. 
To find the point where the brows end, place straight object diagonally from the bottom outside corner of the nostril to the outside corner of the eye and mark intersection point with the brow.
The arch of the brow is determined by aligning straight object from the tip of the nose diagonally through the middle of the pupil. Wherever the object meets the brow, this point should be the highest point of the brows.
What's next? Once you've defined the shape, marked the points of arch and length of the brow, you can start shaping the brows by plucking, threading and etc. Remember, do not over-tweeze the brows, take your time to reach the ideal shape for your face.

Edited to add: I now have a video tutorial that demonstrates the technique:

I was blessed and my work was recognized by the beautiful owner of Anastasia Beverly Hills (www.anastasia.net) - Anastasia. Moreover, she was so generous to send  some of her amazing products for me to try. So since I am talking about brows today, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to review these products in this post.

I want to start with 5 elements Brow Kit, that is in top left in the picture above. It includes five different brow stencils, precision tweezers, brow powder duo, mini duo brush and clear brow gel. The color of my kit is dark brown. Once you open the box, all the products are nicely placed in the beautiful leather case with a zipper, which makes it so convenient to use. The kit also comes with a small booklet that explains the use of every element. Also there is a description of a Golden Ratio, according to which stencils were customized. So if you got confused with all the explanation of the rule i wrote above, you can simply place one of the Brow Kit's stencils on the brow and pick the one that allows the most of your natural brow hair through the cut out, without leaving too much exposed skin. Then you can just fill in the cut out area and voila, the filled in area is considered your ideal arch and length of the brows.
Here is the demonstration of the stencil use on my brow. As you can see points I, II, III show start, end and arch of the brow respectively. These points perfectly matched with my previously shaped brows, whoohoo! Stencils are indeed follow the Golden Ratio technique.

I was also sent Brow Wiz eyebrow pencil in brunette and Brow Duality Highlighting Duo Pencil in shell/lace. So, using the Brow Kit, Brow wiz and Duo Pencil I filled in my brows. Here is step by step pictorial.

1. My bare brow.
2. I plucked all the little grown hair around the brow using tweezers.
3. Using spooley side of the brush I slightly brushed my brow hair into place.
4. Using Brow Wiz pencil I outlined the shape of the brow by lining top and bottom.
5. Then I started filling in the brows using brush and brow powder duo. I used lighter color in the inner half of my brow and darker color in the outer half of the brow. Filling the brows in gradient will make them look more natural.
6. Using spooley side of the brush I blended out the color and harshness.
7. Using Shell side of the Brow Duality Duo pencil I highlighted the browbone and above the brow, this also cleans all the smudges from the spooley at the same time.
8. Last, but not least I applied Clear Brow Gel for the finishing touch to set and define brows all day.

I must say, I was highly impressed by the quality of these products. You can compare this to my previous brow filling routine (link is above) and notice the difference from the picture. In my honest opinion, these products are worth buying. You can easily use just Brow Wiz pencil for your brows, it is good enough to fill in and shape the brows (I use it for quick makeup on a daily basis, when i don't have enough time to go over all the steps above).

I was also sent a Brow Genius Kit, which includes Brow Wiz loose powder, Beauty Genius Clear Waterproof Gel and Applicator brush. This Kit is considered to make your brows waterproof by filling and shaping them. Here is how to use it:

1. Swipe the brow brush along one side of beauty genius applicator tip to collect the clear waterproofing gel.
2. Mix beauty genius and brow wiz loose powder together to form a paste.
3. Fix using the brush to fill in your brows.
Easy, right? But you have to be quick, because waterproof formula dries fast. This beauty genius gel can also be used to waterproof any loose powder eyeliner or even eyeshadow pigment. Just don't forget to clean your brush at the end.
This way of filling brows is perfect for hot and humid summer weather, or when you are going to the beach, swimming in the pool. It really stays put a long time!

Speaking of summer, do you want a natural and waterproof recipe for the eyes? Here it is. All you have to do is apply Lace side of Brow Duality Highlighting Duo Pencil on the lid. Then apply Covet Waterproof eyeliner in Midnight along the lashline and smudge it out. Apply Covet waterproof Eyeliner in Gilded on the waterline and finish off by applying your favorite waterproof mascara. The eyeliners were also kindly sent to me by Anastasia Beverly Hills.

My final thought on all of these products is - these are all very very great quality products. Products in the kits can be used all together or separately, or incorporated in different other looks and products. I am personally loving using all of these products on a daily basis. Thank you once again, Anastasia!! To learn more about these products, visit: www.anastasia.net

Hope this blog post was informative for you.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Soft Purple and Pink Smokey Look

Hello my beautiful readers! Today I'd like to show you how to recreate the following subtle and soft purple and pink smokey look. This is one of my favorite makeup looks, since it is colorful, yet so subtle.
You can combine this look with soft pink lipstick or lip gloss. Let's get started!

1. Start by priming your lids. I never get tired of emphasizing how important this step is, especially when you want to create smokey effect. Priming helps blend the colors better, as well as increasing longevity of shadows.
2. Apply shimmery white shade in the inner corner of the eye, bringing towards 1/3 of both upper and lower lids.
3. Apply rosy pink on the remaining 2/3 of the lid. For both steps 2 and 3 you can use eyeshadow brushes.
4. Using small angled brush apply black eyeshadow on the outer 2/3 of lower lid and bring the color upwards along the crease, over the pink shade.
5. Apply purple shadow over the black trace and using blending brush blend it out nicely. When smudging the purple on the lower lid, drag the color a little bit down, around the white shimmer, as shown in the picture.
6. Using light shimmery white color or any of your favorite highlight shades, apply it on the brow bone area. Blend the shimmer slightly into the purple.
7. Apply eyeliner along the entire upper lashline and inner 1/3 of waterline. Make the liner little thicker towards the outer part of the lashline.
8. Apply white eyeliner in the remaining outer 2/3 of the waterline.
9. Apply your favorite mascara, false lashes if desired.
That's it! Hope today's post was helpful for you!
Products used:
1. Urban Decay Primer Potion
2. BH Cosmetics 120 color palette
3. H&M Color Palette
4. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil
5. Dior Show Mascara in Black
6. NYX jumbo eye pencil in Milk
7. Orchard Blossom Lashes #15