EOTD: Tuched by an Angel

EOTD: Tuched by an Angel

Ever since I started hangin' at the forum for makeup addicts I've been playing around with my makeup a lot more. I don't know why really, maybe because I practically feel a surge of inspiration coming through my computer screen every time I log on? I love chatting with all my fellow makeup addicts, because.. they understand and share the fascination, the joy, the excitement for the tiniest little makeup related thing. Anyway, I wore this look last Thursday when I went out to meet two of the magnificent girls, Tone and Renate. I'm quite pleased with the outcome, and this might have been my gateway to an even smokier and darker look. A little scary, but oh so fun!


→ MUS Eye Primer in Clear
→ M·A·C Femme Fi (highlight: brow bone, inner tear duct)
→ MUS Tuch (entire lid)
→ Avon SuperShock Gel Eyeliner in «Black» (tightline)
→ MUS Eyepencil in «Snowflake» (waterline)
→ Max Factor Xperience Volumizing Mascara
→ Anastasia Brow Wiz in «Brunette»
→ M·A·C 239 Eye Shader Brush
→ MUS 114 Soft Touch Brush
→ Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush
→ Sigma® Performance E21 Smudge Brush


I always start by filling in my eyebrows, and this time I chose Anastasia Brow Wiz in «Brunette». Nowadays I alternate between the product mentioned above, and an angled brush used with M·A·C Brun eyeshadow. I then primed my eyelids with my trustworhty primer from Make Up Store, and used the MUS 114 to pat MUS Tuch on both lids - taking care to blend it into the crease and a little upwards. When I felt pleased with the shape and blending I used my M·A·C 239 to pack some more color on the lid to make the color a little denser. Sigma® Performance E21 is the perfect brush to highlight the highest point of the brow with my favorite M·A·C Femme Fi, and also the inner corner of the eye. To make my lashes appear a little denser I used my Avon SuperShock Gel Eyeliner to tightline, a useful trick when you don't feel confident enough to draw on that perfect eyeliner. MUS Snowflake is perfect to brighten up the waterline, even though I think a less stark white would have suited me better. I finished off the look with one coat of Max Factor Xperience Volumizing Mascara, another favorite drugstore pick.

I found this look a little bit intimidating at first, it's the darkest smoky eye I've tried out and I was a little scared I had gone overboard with the whole idea. Within minutes it had grown on me, and I ended up really liking it! Unfortunately the photo didn't turn out perfect, it's a little blurry and the color didn't show up quite as dark as it looked in person.

Photo is taken inside in artificial lighting.

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah 2013


EOTD: Dancing Flamenco in the Dusk

So I've finally started playing with my makeup again, practicing my skills, trying out new things. It gives me this insane sense of achievement, feeling very proud of myself! It might sound ridiculous to most of you, but when you go through life with very limited muscle strength, even the tiniest little achievement becomes a big deal. I'm slowing mastering things I didn't even believe I could do, and every time I succeed at something I gain a little more self-confidence, and energy to continue. Also I'm really sorry for editing my photos in all kinds of different ways, but I wanted to show the blush as well as my eye makeup.


→ MUS Eye Primer in Clear
→ MUS Sun Breeze (highlight)
→ MUS Velvet (entire lid)
→ MUS Flamenco (outer corner and crease)
→ Max Factor Xperience Volumizing Mascara
→ Yves Saint Laurent 'Touche Éclat' Radiant in 08 «Radiant Silk»
→ M·A·C Eye Brows in «Lingering»
→ MUS Wonder Blush in «Pharao»
→ Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush
→ MUS 115 Angled Shading Brush
→ Sigma® Performance E21 Smudge Brush
→ Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics 011 Small Powder/Blush Brush


As usual I started off by filling in my eyebrows, with «Lingering» for a softer look. I went on to priming my lid (as I always do to prevent creasing), and then applying «Velvet» to the lid and slightly into the crease using the Deluxe Crease. I used the 115 angled shading brush to place «Flamenco» in the outer corner, making the shape that I wanted, dragging it a bit (maybe two thirds) into the crease. I went back with the Deluxe Crease to blend around the edges, and added a little more «Flamenco» to keep the color vibrant. The E21 is absolutely perfect for smudging, so I smudged «Flamenco» below my lower lashes. Wiping of the brush on a clean tissue I proceeded applying «Sun Breeze» to the tear duct, and highest point of my brow as a highlight. I added a coat of mascara, and used the 'Touche Éclat' to 'conceal' and brighten up under my eyes.

Since I'm working on becoming accustomed to wearing blush, I wanted to try out my newest one; «Pharao». It's such a gorgeous color! I have no idea how to describe it, maybe like a terracotta reddish brown? I'm still quite light on the blush, which you might see from my photo, but I'm working on it. At least I'm wearing blush (and I feel pretty while doing so). It really gives my face a nice glow, and I feel like it's the perfect color for a newbie like myself.

Photo is taken outside in natural lighting.

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah 2012


EOTD: Draped in Velvet

Yesterday I did not only one, but two complete looks. The first one was pretty much the same as this, only using MUS Varieté instead of MUS Velvet. Then I got this bright idea of practicing my non-existent eyeliner skills, ruining everything. The disaster left me with one choice: remove it all and start over. I felt like the intense blueness of MUS Varieté was a bit over the top, maybe a little intimidating, so I switched it out with MUS Velvet - an insanely gorgeous taupe. I can honestly say that this has become a new favorite, even over M·A·C Satin Taupe (which has been my go-to shade for several years). Personally I thought this look looked a lot better in real life, but then again.. I'm my own biggest critic.


→ MUS Eye Primer in Clear
→ M·A·C Femme Fi (highlight)
→ MUS Brown Sugar (inner third lid)
→ MUS Velvet (outer two thirds and crease)
→ L'oréal Lash Architect 4D Mascara in «Black Lacquer»
→ M·A·C Eye Brows in «Spiked»
→ Sonia Kashuk Large Crease Brush
→ Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush
→ Sigma® Performance E21 Smudge Brush


Like usual I started off my filling in my brows, and for once I was actually pleased when I was done! «Spiked« has also become a favorite of mine, even though I tend to change it up by using either «Lingering» (for a softer look) or M·A·C Impeccable Brow Pencil in «Taupe». One thing I don't really like about «Spiked» is that it sometimes leave small specks of color in my brows, which falls onto my cheek or under eye area, and make small streaks when I try to remove them. After finishing my brows I moved on to my eyes, priming my lids (all the way up to the brow) with my MUS Eye Primer. I applied «Velvet» to about two thirds of my lid, and «Brown Sugar» to the inner third using an old Sonia Kashuk brush I had forgotten about. It's excellent for placing color, and for blending everything together. I did however use the Deluxe Crease brush to blend around the edges. Then I pulled out «Femme Fi», my own HG highlighter, and used the E21 brush to place a little bit under the highest point of my brow and inner corner of my eye. In an attempt of challenging myself every time I do my makeup I used the same E21 brush to add some eyeshadow underneath my lower lash line - and amazingly enough, this brush gave me enough control to prevent me from feeling like a panda! I chose to skip tightlining and eyeliner in general, so the last step was just adding a coat of mascara.

I purchased two of the L'oréal Lash Architect 4D as a travel value pack when I was on M/S Color Magic, and I absolutely hated it the first time I wore it. I left it on my desk for a while, and yesterday I just grabbed something - and it sort of surprised me. When it comes to mascara I prefer the larger rubber wands to the older, thinner spoolie, and this one is definitely of the older style. I like its texture, it's not too wet nor too dry, not too glossy and I find it easy enough to apply (keep in mind that I use one - 1 - coat). Now, for some odd reason it flakes on me. Suddenly I have a whole invasion of tiny black specks on my nose, or some other completely illogical place! I wasn't wearing anything else black, so it had to be the bloody mascara. It's also pretty resistant when it comes to removal before bed. I have no idea what to do, but I don't think I'll be using it again - and I have a whole brand new tube (unopened) if anyone's interested in giving it a new and loving home?

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah 2012


Sigma® Make Me Up

Sigma Make Me Up: Crazy
We all know that I'm a big fan of Sigma® and their wonderful brushes. I've mentioned them many times already, and I own most of their brushes myself. I've said it before, and I'll keep saying it: having good tools is everything! If you don't have a lot of money to spend on makeup and beauty products, at least invest in a few good brushes. It'll make the application so much easier, and save you a lot of hassle.

I recently received a newsletter from Sigma® showing their brand new Make Me Up Brush Kit, and I've got to ask.. who can resist falling in love with these colorful kits? The idea of a hard container to keep the brushes in is fantastic, avoiding damage to the bristles when traveling or even storing. The container can even be split in two and used as a brush holder - so neat!

• F30 Large Powder Brush
• F50 Duo Fibre Brush
• F40 Large Angled Contour Brush
• F60 Foundation Brush
• F70 Concealer Brush
• E70 Medium Angled Shading Brush
• E65 Small Angle Brush
• E60 Large Shader Brush
• E30 Pencil Brush
• E40 Tapered Blending Brush
• E05 Eye Liner Brush
• E55 Eye Shading Brush

+ a free travel size E25 Blending Brush

The new Make Me Up kit consists of 12 brushes for your face and eye makeup. It comes in four different colors to choose from, with four adorable and fitting names:

Make Me Up does not contain any new brushes. These kits are new editions of their best selling Professional Brush Kit (not to be confused with the Premium Professional Brush Kit), although the container is new with the Make Me Up kit.

It's a bit too late to ask Santa for this kit, but who knows what the future will bring. I myself have fallen in love with the purple kit, which one of the four kits are your favorite? And will you be ordering one?

Earlier posts about Sigma®

Sigma® Premium Travel Kit (October 4th 2010)
Sigma® Premium Brush Kit (March 10th 2010)
Sigma® Professional Brush Kit (January 9th 2010)
Sigma® Hollywood Glamour (December 18th 2009)
Sigma® Travel Kit (August 14th 2009)


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