Monday, 31 August 2015

Fall outfit and Makeup look!

 Jacket: Courtesy of (, and can be purchased here (
Photography: +Sarah Pho from   

Hello gorgeous!

The weather here in Canada is starting to get a tinyyyy bit on the chilly side, and oh my's the time of year where it's sometimes shorts and tshirt weather in the afternoon, then 3 hours later thunder clouds start rolling in and you suddenly wish you had like two jackets to keep yourself from getting sick. Gnomesayin'? 

Haha anyways, to deviate things a little, Ashley from was gracious enough to send me this jacket to keep me warm, and I recieved it in the mail just a few days ago! The jacket is made of a thin woolen material, and the lining is of a plastic-like finish. When I recieved the item, it was a bit on the wrinkly side so steaming or flat ironing was a must before wear. What I love most about this jacket is that it has two ways of wear! You can wear it unbuttoned, and you can also button it up on one side so that it looks like you're wearing a scarf! This jacket can most defs be used to dress up or down an outfit with it's interesting cut. I then paired it with a simple black shirt and a skirt from Aritzia (retails $65) then finished it off with a vintage looking messenger bag. The overall look is composed of cool colors, and is contrasted with the warmer toned bag. The jacket is up for grabs at a super affordable price, so go get'em fashionistas!

Now, if your outfit consists of cooler shades for fall, my tip would be to warm things up with a brown shadow and contour. Afterall, you wouldn't want to look super washed out! Complete the look off with a muted or natural looking lipstick and you're done! You can also contribute to the whole "fall" look by wearing a darker wine colored lipstick. If you think a dark lipstick is too much, try integrating it into your look by using the "gradient" lip effect! I have a fall makeup look coming up soon , so keep an eye out for the next post!

With love, 

Instagram: @carmen_cl91

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Venom from Spiderman Makeup

Hello Lovelies!

Hope you all are doing awesome as those of you who are still in school enjoy the last bit of their summer, and those of you who work are finding rest! Here is a makeup look (that's totally non-beauty related) for you all who are Marvel fans or enjoy any marvel comics/movies! I've seen a lot of recreations of this look online, so I've decided to give it a try as well. 

For this look, I did not want to use up my Make Up For Ever Flash palette since I will be needing to cover a bigger surface area. Therefore, I made a trip to a local art supply store and picked up some black face paints from the brand Snazaroo (oh and also, face paints are water based and is definitely easier to take off compared to makeup). So ya, here's the whole look! I also incorporated some MAC shadows into this look for a more 3D effect. This look took me like...45 minutes to scrub off. I first used makeup wipes to remove the majority of the paints, and then Estee Lauder's cleansing lotion to get into the difficult areas. then lastly I went into the shower with Clean & Clear's exfoliating scrub to remove the rest. 

Love you all!

PS: School and Fall looks coming soon! Follow my instagram @carmen_cl91 for updates!

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Peek-a-boo teddy bear Makeup!


Here is a piece of work I've done just a couple of days ago. A while back, a few of my friends had linked me to the works of a talented visual artist by the name of Tal Peleg. After just browsing through one or two of her pieces, I was completely mind blown at the intricate details she puts into her work. I love how each image she creates tells a story! Check out her work here cause trust me, you won't regret it! 

On another note, here is my interpretation of her makeup style. Tried to make use of my eyelid fold, and decided to create an image of a bear peeking through. The eye shadow background is inspired by the beautiful colors of the sky. In order to make blending easier, I chose to use powdered eye shadow over anything else! To bring out the most out of the colors, don't forget to use a primer! 

That's it for now! There's more exciting new projects coming up, and I'm really hoping I can share it here soon!


Sunday, 16 August 2015

Anime Eyes Makeup

Model: Charli Elber from Mode Models International
Photography: Alyssa Lau from Ordinary People Blog
Makeup and hair: Me! =)


For those of you who follow Alyssa from the Ordinary People blog, you may have noticed that her and I had recently collaborated on a creative project! I was super stoked when she told me about her creative vision, and how she wanted me to implement the makeup on her model. This is by far my most favorite creative shoot! I had a super fun time doing the eye makeup especially, and enjoyed watching Charli transform to a real life anime character. This makeup style was heavily inspired by anime characters, as well as one of the shoots that FKA Twigs had done. 

Most of the makeup used on Charli's eyes is from the Make Up For Ever Flash Palette, andddd once again, I had fallen in love with the diversity and coloration of this product. OH! And by the way, Alyssa had also filmed the process of me transforming Charli into that of you see in the photos.  Many thanks and much talent goes to that girl =) Check out the video here:

Let me know what you guys think!


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PS: On a completely random note, I've been recently reflecting on what it means to love one another. To love is to sacrifice, and to sacrifice is to love. Let's all work on sacrificing for one another to make this world a better place, whether it may be for friends, family, acquaintances, or strangers. It can be something as simple as giving up your seat on the bus for someone else!  

"Greater love has no one than this; to lay down one's life for one's friends." - John 15:13

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."
 - Philippians 2:3-4

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Urban Decay- Naked Smoky Palette


It's been a while since I last updated, and so here's a special eye candy treat for those who come across this blog. I had been wanting to purchase some sort of DSLR for better quality photos for quite some time now. I originally thought it would be alright and just stick with my Samsung Note II for photos, but just got frustrating because of lighting issues. If the room was just a tad dimmer, my photos would turn out all gross and blurry...and the color would be all off. For those of you who follow my instagram (Carmen_cl91), last week to my surprise, I was gifted a new Canon DSLR and boy was it ever life changing.

Anyways, here is a look I've created using the new Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette! The focus of this look is the cool-toned smoky eye shadow, and bold liner. I know the rule of thumb is if you wear a smoky eye, always neutralize your lips using a nude color or something very subtle. This time, I decided to play around with things and balance the bold eyes with a bold colored lip. Because the lip color is very cool, it worked well with the cool eye shadow, and gave the overall look a very fierce and mysterious vibe.

I personally own the Naked 2, and it's pretty much my go-to palette for pretty much everything from a natural look, to more dramatic. When Urban Decay announced its' release of their new smoky palette, I was more than stoked! The palette offers a diverse range of colors, and is flexible with creating very pretty and natural looks, to also very fierce and bold looks. In addition to the more earth toned colors, this palette also contains shades such as the bluish grey (Slanted), and purple (smolder). Overall, this palette is pretty much good for all skin tones. The colors are diverse and easy to blend, and the pigmentation is awesome!!! This palette is available at Sephora, and is priced at $64 Cdn. It may seem a bit pricey, but if you see all the colors it comes with (and the size!!!) it's totally worth it ( comes with a brush..haha)! After owning the Naked 2 and Smoky...I'm sorta itching to add the Naked and Naked 3 palette to my collection...

Until next time! Let's keep loving others! 1 John 4:19